The 22-mile loop of the Tully Trail is the result of impressive cooperation among government agencies, private organizations (in particular, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust), individual landowners, and volunteers. It showcases various types of land conservation - state and commercial forests, wildlife management areas, and land conserved by organizations such as The Trustees of Reservations. In addition to forests, hikers also discover wonderful wetlands - lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, waterfalls, swamps, marshes, and bogs. Ridgelines and hilltops afford spectacular views of North Quabbin valleys and further hills.
The trail makes a broad loop around Tully Mountain, and the major trailhead is at Tully Lake Campground, where parking, restrooms, and tent sites are available. Parts of the trail allow easy or moderate hiking, but others require strenuous effort; spring and storm overflows can close parts of the trail. The trail is marked by rectangular yellow blazes and the blue-and-white Tully Trail logo. For those seeking additional challenge, the Tully Trail connects in the north to the white-blazed Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. A trail shelter at the eastern junction of the two trails is available on a first-come basis.
Part of the Tully Trail doubles as one arc of a strenuous six-mile mountain bike loop around Long Pond; access is also from the Tully Lake Campground.Directions:
To campground trailhead: From Athol Center take Rte 32 north. Go about 4 miles, past Tully Dam. Turn right onto Doane Hill Rd. and go about 1 mile to parking lot on right.