Moss Glen Falls, Vermont

Moss Glen Falls at low water in September 2010

It’s interesting to me how some waterfalls are so clear in your mind, while others are a little more fuzzy. I actually remember Moss Glen Falls, as it was the background on my phone for a while. I also remember that it can be a fun waterfall to explore. I couldn’t recall how far it was to the falls, but after looking it up, it’s only about 0.2 miles to the falls, which might be why the hike is so forgettable? I think I was able to get some pretty good photographs of the hillside though, and while short, I feel like you do climb pretty quickly in that short distance.

Once at the falls, you can begin to explore. You’re actually pretty high above the river to start. The trail seems to lead uphill, following the stream, though the view of the falls deteriorates pretty quickly. There’s one specific point at which you’ll have the best views of the whole falls. To get closer to the falls, you can climb/slide down what I remember was a pretty steep incline. I was still able to get back to the trail ok, which is not always the case. Once you’re at the base of the falls, though, the upper half completely disappears from sight due to the angles. I think this picture was taken about half-way down the hill.

Directions:

  1. From Stowe, Vermont, head north on VT-100.
  2. At the intersection of VT-100 and Randolph Road, turn right on Randolph Road.
  3. After a very short distance, turn right onto Moss Glen Falls Road. Go for about one-half mile to a parking area for C.C. Putnam State Forest. The trail begins here.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 125′
Length of Hike: 0.4 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Moss Glen Falls?

Bingham Falls, Vermont

Bingham Falls in September 2010

Bingham Falls was the first set of waterfalls that I visited after arriving in Vermont. I arrived at the Burlington airport, and the falls are not terribly far from Burlington. They’re about 40 miles at the minimum, though that route may take longer. I took the longer route just to get a better view of Vermont instead of taking the interstate.

Bingham Falls is pretty, but I’m not sure that it goes into one of my favorite waterfalls. Bingham Fall is a very pretty set of cascades and other falls. There are actually numerous portions that make up Bingham Falls. To be honest, I was less drawn to the waterfalls than the interesting rock formations around the falls. I’m no geologist, but the rock near Bingham Falls must be very interesting. The water leads to erosion that seems to create these “islands” of rock that are intriguing. Still, I would go and check out Bingham Falls. It’s pretty easy to access, though since you hike down to the falls, you’ve got to hike on an upward slope back to the parking lot.

Directions:

  1. The falls are found of off VT-108 north of the junction between VT-108 and VT-100.
  2. I was headed in the opposite direction and my GPS was indicating Bingham Falls was elsewhere, so the best bet is to look for the Smugglers Notch state campground.
  3. The parking areas for the falls are not clearly marked, but they are about 0.1 miles SOUTH of the campground. There are parking areas on both sides of VT-108.
  4. From the parking areas, follow the trail to the falls.

Accessibility: 7/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 25′
Length of Hike: 0.6 miles round-trip

Upper Bingham Falls in September 2010

Where in the World is Bingham Falls?