Most of Vermont has rather hilly terrain, and yet there don’t seem to be as many documented/listed waterfalls in southern Vermont as there are in northern and central Vermont. One of the taller waterfalls in southern Vermont is Hamilton Falls. (Two others, Jelly Mill Falls and Pikes Falls, are also easy to visit.)
Hamilton Falls is a relatively easy drive, though you will be going along dirt roads for the last few miles of your drive to the falls. The roads seemed to be in relatively good condition, though. (I was driving in a compact car, and wasn’t concerned.) Once you arrive at the parking area for the falls (which is more abundant than I first expected), you have a short but somewhat steep downhill hike to get to the base of the falls. It’s worth it, though.
What you’re rewarded with is an approximately 125′ waterfall, though you may not be able to see the top portion very well. I don’t know if this waterfall ever sees a significant amount of water flowing through, the evidence being the very specific way the water has carved through the rock, leaving specific trails for the water to follow. If you like the idea of swimming at the base of a waterfall, this one would be particularly ideal. There were a number of people swimming in the water pool at the base.
- In between the villages of Jamaica and Townshend along VT-30, you’re going to look for Windham Hill Road.
- If you are headed west along VT-30 from Townshend, you will turn right onto Windham Hill Road. Drive for just over 4 miles on this road, which is paved.
- Turn left onto Burbee Pond Road. You will pass by the beautiful Burbee Pond to your right. Drive for 0.9 miles on this road. (This may be a dirt road.)
- Turn left onto West Windham Road. I don’t remember if it was a very sharp left…I do believe there were signs pointing toward the falls, though. At this point, it is definitely a dirt road. Drive for 2.6 miles along W Windham Road.
- You will then veer left on Hamilton Falls Road. Drive about 0.2 miles to the parking area for the falls. The trail is on the left side of the road, and it will be relatively obvious. There is parking just ahead on the right if you can’t find any parking at the trail head.
- The hike down the falls is very straightforward. It’s downhill and there are signs…
Accessibility: 7/10 (it’s short but steep)
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round trip
Where in the World is Hamilton Falls?: map