Overview: Nice falls but inaccessible Location: Pawlet, VT Stream : Mettawee River Height : 25 feet (estimated) Finding : Easy Access : Partially visible from roadside Swimming: No Basking : No Privacy : None. Houses nearby Legal : Private land. No good access
Starting at the center of Pawlet at the junction of routes 30 and 133, drive north on route 30 for three or four miles, to the junction with route 153. Continue on route 30 for a short distance and turn left on Button Falls Road. There is a bridge over the Mettawee River a hundred yards or so down the road. Park well before the bridge (there is no parking in the immediate vicinity of the river).
This is a spectacular waterfall but it is on private land and very difficult to access. The only possible views are from the road where the falls are obscured by trees and private property. The land around the falls is heavily posted and fenced off with barbed wire.
The Mettawee River flows into a narrow gorge over a drop of 20 to 25 feet. The gorge turns shortly after the falls and goes under the Button Falls Road bridge.
My wife and I visited these falls shortly after visiting the nearby and relatively uninteresting Butternut Bend Falls. The river was swollen from heavy rain and snowmelt making for an impressive display. We were disappointed that we couldn't get a closer look.
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