Tippling Rock Panorama (October 2008). Also larger, much larger,
and view on GigaPan site. Also, 2008 Nobscot Panorama <>
Updated 1928 Panorama Page
Related links:Tippling Rock is in the USGS Geographic Names Information System as a summit.
Sudbury Valley Trustees - http://www.sudburyvalleytrustees.org/ - Preserving habitats in the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord river valleys. SVT is now the steward for Tippling Rock.
Tippling Rock is in the Boy Scouts Nobscot Reservation. If you are on Tippling Rock or on the paths between the two Sudbury conservation parcels, you are their guest. The reservation was formerly part of the Knox Trail Council.
Bay Circuit Trail - baycircuit.org This is a trail that circles Boston. Check it out! They have a nice page on Tippling Rock and Nobscot as one of the "jewels" along the trail. I can attest to there claim that in the late summer, people are occasionally allowed up in the fire tower on Nobscot, although, it was quite a few years ago when I did it.
The town of Sudbury Conservation Lands includes two parcels near Tippling Rock that provide parking and lots of land to get started. These are the Nobscot and Weisblatt (aka Tippling Rock Trail head) conservation parcels. The town website has maps that you can download.
The New England Orienteering Club (NEOC) http://www.newenglandorienteering.org/ has events in the Nobscot reservation a couple of times each year. They have great maps.
Allan Jung's November 2008 article in the Daily News Trubune. Wide ranging article includes Ford's Folly, Nupsee Pond and Nobscot summit.
It has Great Pictures by Allan Jung!!! To the right is First Parish from Tippling Rock.
There are two geocache spots on Nobscot.
Bay Circuit Map from 1930 lists
Nobscot Hill and the Wayside Inn.
It also lists Nobscot Reservation as a
point of Ornithological Interest.
The Nobscot panorama 1928
The 2008 Nobscot Panorama
A Bartlett heard a blast on July 4th, 1942(?) and after that the stone was split. The farmer leasing the field is the likely blaster. Something about cows scratching and leaning into it. It was attempted to be destroyed in the 30's. The rock was clearly split apart. According to local legend, it was blasted in the 1920's out of concern that the young and strong might start it rolling down the hill. Since it is about 5 feet high and used to be perhaps 8 feet wide and sort of circular, this theory seems quite plausible. Another theory is that the rock was split to take a mill stone out of it. Here is the rock:
On Oct 17, 2006, Brian Ogilvie writes to correct my dynamite holes caption:
These hole are clearly for "feathers and wedges" which is a rock splitting technique still used today. Holes such as these are drilled in the rock and then three components, two feathers and one wedge are inserted into each hole. The wedges are tapped down in sequence from one end of the rock to the other and back and will eventually split a granite rock such as this. When a big rock splits, it makes loud "thunk" but not a bang like dynamite would make. Holes for dynamite or various powdered explosives would be larger in diameter and much deeper. Dynamite would also leave a more fractured surface without the clean split that you see.
So, was it blasted or split with feathers and wedges?
The rocky outcropping is most likely a gray limestone, but the boulder is granite. How did it get plopped on top?
I'm looking for early accounts of Tippling Rock. The reference folks at Goodnow library helped me out by tracking down this reference from A Brief History of the Towne of Sudbury written by the Federal Writers Project of the WPA. Written in 1939:
Eastward in the open meadow land lies the great rock called the "Indian Washbowl," whose center is hollowed out to suggest a big basin(*). Tradition ascribes some special though undetermined Indian significance to this particular stone. Another odd boulder in this region is known as Tippling Rock.
Lee Swanson of the Sudbury Historical Society said George Barton knew he was dying in 1891 and sat down and typed out his story. He mentions Tippling Rock.
TODO: Check this out!!! The Tippling Rocks were used for communication - long distance. Curtis Hoffman.
Misspelled as Tipling Rock in this Sudbury Town Crier article A Roam with a View from 30-JUN-2005. (no longer online)
I believe this is talking about the area around Tippling Rock. It is Henry David Thoreau in Natural History of Massachusetts. In the spring there is a little waterfall beneath Tippliing Rock, almost due East. Waterfall Video
A stir is on the Wooster hills, And Nobscot too the valley fills, Where scarce you'd dip an acorn cup In summer when the sun is up, No more you'll find a cup at all, But in its place a waterfall.
TipplingRockAndFordsFolly.kmz, TipplingRockAndFordsFolly.gpx, (Google Earth Image)
TipplingRockHiking20090627.kmz, TipplingRockHiking20090627.GPX original smaller
Tippling Rock, Sudbury, MA.US: Single GPS coordinate with a Viewpoint.
Nobscot Hiking, View from Nobscot GPX files. They all include "Tantamount Lookout". This is a ledge that juts out near the summit of Nobscot. This is the best view, barring trespass to the fire tower. Tantamount Lookout is essentially on top of Tantamous's cave, which collapsed in the 1755 Earth Quake I thought this was named Jethro's Table, but Tantamount Lookup is tantamount to the summit, and it has a great view of Boston.
TantamountLookout.kmz, TantamountLookout.gpx, NobscotWestLoop.kmz, NobscotWestLoop.gpx, AroundAndOverNobscot.kmz, AroundAndOverNobscot.gpx
Dave Perry's GPS/KMZ maps
featuring the SVT Nobscot Map
as a KMZ overlay. They can be found on gpsfiledepot.com (Nobscot). Scroll down to the Download label.
You can now see One Dalton, the 2nd new buillding in 2 years!! One Dalton is another new skyscraper in Boston! In this image from 2018-10-16, you can make out the crane that is still on top! In 2016, the Millenium Tower was built. It has a sloped roof. It is a ways off to the left of the Hancock & Pru. (full image 2017-11-15) and (Skyline 2018-10-12)
You can also see the solar array on the hill next to the transfer station. Hmm... time to update the hand drawn panorama. Also, close inspection show they flattened the top of Bear Hill in Waltham to build a gated community.
Skyline as of 2018-10-12
Boston is fairly sharp, but the solar array is blurry. Sights, from left to right, solar panels, Great Meadows, Boston, Reeves hill, Great Blue Hills.
In the winter of 2014-2015 Boston had Record Breaking Snow Storms. Tippling Rock was totally covered in snow. It is a huge with steep sides, but, it was all filled in. One the way up the snow was uniformly 4 feet of thick packed snow. The snowshoe track was packed down to be two feet think. A M A G I N G ! ! ! - More Snow covered Tippling Rock Pictures
The map to the right is a Tippling Rock Inner Loop. Wider Rough map20090919.jpg
The map to the left is a tiny version of my 2001 map. Click on small image to get larger image.
The prototype is pasted together from an NEOC map, a USGS map, with information taken from the Sudbury Conservation Commission maps and last but not least, a reasonably thorough exploration. I was laid off after 9/11 for a couple of months.
To see the larger version (604KB) you can also click
on the small map. For a few more bytes (1.6MB) here is TipplingRock.pdf.
To the west stands Mt. Wachussett,
clear as a bell in it new cut!
New cut to Mt. Monadnock
At the left is a very cool map that is linked to from the Town announcement - at the bottom of the page. It is PDF, so, you can zoom way in. Tippling Rock is in Phase 1. I have cached this as SVTNobscotPhase1_2.pdf.