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Black Rock

Massachusetts > Eastern, MA > Townsend, MA Bouldering
Access Issue: COVID-19 Guidelines Details

Description

Black Rock is an exposed ledge on the edge of the Squannacook River in Townsend. It has some solid rock, but it definitely has some sandy holds and flaky stuff that just gives it character. It's a great place to climb, and there is a lot to play around with on there. A group of friends and I have tried to keep other climbers away, because it is a almost backyard boulder spot, but we are unsure of the grades and would like friendly climber traffic if anyone in the area is actually interested in it....

PLEASE RESPECT THIS AREA. LEAVE NO TRASH OR GLASS IN THE RIVER. BE CAREFUL OF GLASS WHEN YOU'RE BAREFOOT....

Getting There

There is a school set back from the library and the middle school. It is an elementary school called Squannacook Elementary. It isn't used anymore for classes, but the playground and parking lot are used a lot by people walking the fitness trails behind the school....

Park at the playground, and walk to the left of the farthest swings. There is a gate opening with no gate on it and a trail that goes back. You will see a trail on your right shortly after entering the woods. Don't take that right, but take the next right. Follow the small trail down a slight hill, and you will come to a fork. Go right, and follow the wide trail right.... Walk about 800 feet, then you will enter a clearing with what looks like a clearing. Walk down to where you can see the river. It will be on your left... then look right, and Black Rock will be right there. It can be seen from the top because of the exposed rock ... you can't miss it.

Per Dan Knisell, a different approach is from the orange gate on Dudley Road. There is parking on both sides of the road as well as gates on both sides. Coming from route 13 head through the gate on the left. Follow trail straight. Ignore the first left turn. At the fork bear left and the river will soon appear off to your right. Boulder is right there. Better approach if school is in session as signage has been posted clarifying no public use from 7am to 3pm on weekdays.

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The boulder as seen from the trail. You should walk down towards Jimmy to access it. Going down to the left is a bit harder.
[Hide Photo] The boulder as seen from the trail. You should walk down towards Jimmy to access it. Going down to the left is a bit harder.
A view of the river bend.
[Hide Photo] A view of the river bend.
Winter Is Coming.
[Hide Photo] Winter Is Coming.
With some ticks on a rainy day.
[Hide Photo] With some ticks on a rainy day.
Green is Winter is Coming. Red is Should be Good. Orange is Andrew's Route.
[Hide Photo] Green is Winter is Coming. Red is Should be Good. Orange is Andrew's Route.
From the bottom right.
[Hide Photo] From the bottom right.

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Ryan Loiselle
Pepperell, MA
[Hide Comment] There are now 2 gates, at the fence that you go through. Go through the gate closer to the building. It's not locked. Nov 26, 2017