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Doane's Falls

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Five waterfalls with Laurel Lake as their source roar through a dense forest. It's a great place to hike or relax and enjoy your surroundings. The hike is moderate but short at less than half a mile. Unfortunately, swimming and wading have been banned for safety reasons. To get there, take Rte 202 to Petersham Rd. and go north. Turn slightly left on Main St. and then make a right on Chestnut Hill Rd. about a half mile up. Follow Chestnut Hill Rd. which turns into Athol Rd. Make a left on Doane Hill Rd. and you'll see the sign for the falls on the left hand side. You can park at the top of the falls and hike down or at the bottom and hike up. (Submitted by Alison Brackett)