The following falls in Vermont were brought to my attention by various people. These are all falls that I have not yet seen myself. As I visit these falls, I will take them off this list and add them to my main list.
The following notes were sent to me by Dean Goss on December 10, 1996 with some supplemental material sent to me on May 1, 1997. Thank you, Dean for this information! Dean has also sent me information about some New Hampshire waterfalls as well.
USGS maps show a Blake Falls in Woodbury. Pretty small, maybe 12' of total drop, right at the roadside, worth a quick look, but only if you're going by. (Rt 14, approx 3.5 miles south of Hardwick) There was also a nice, seasonal fall approx 2 miles south of Hardwick. I set out to see what I could see. The stream (about the size of Glen Falls Brook) forked at the top of the falls. Most of the water came from the north fork, and about 2/10 mile upstream was a 40' waterfall. Kind of a nice surprise, but the true gem was the south fork. Perhaps 100' of cascades over talus, crowned by an 80' sheer drop. The climb was an SOB (loose rocks, whipping branches, and ice). but well worth the effort to gain the bottom of the falls.
Boltonville Falls: a 35' drop of the Wells river, alas, marred by a dam.
Brockway's Mills: another 35' drop marred by a dam, but the view of the gorge from the railroad bridge is spectacular.
Carver Falls: The trick is finding the access by road. No access by road in Vermont. In Fair Haven, take West road 2 miles, take the 1st right after the bridge over the Poultney river, then take the 1st right on Carver falls road. This waterfall is very interesting in either low or high water. In low water, the river completely bypasses the lower falls, opting for a subterranean route, to well up like a spring at the base of the cliff. There is also a large cave about 1/2 mile downstream, at the head of a side stream.
Cascade Falls: an 84' drop on the Weathersfield trail on Ascutney.
Clarendon gorge : has a lower gorge, adjacent to Rt. 7B, which I find more spectacular than the upper gorge.
Downer Glen: in Manchester, easily combined with Lye Brook Falls.
Duck Brook Cascades: A neat series of small drops, perhaps 150' total, but none over 10'.
Furnace Brook: in Pittsford Mills, there is rumored to be a 118' waterfall, but I have yet to find one.
Huntington Gorge: The best examples of sculpted rock in the state. The layer of schist that the river traverses here is to be found on virtually every river north and south of the winooski. Examples include The Bolton Potholes, Preston Brook Falls, Duck Brook Falls, Ridley Brook, Crossett Brook, etc.
Dean's comments from late April 1997: Big rocks, not as much water as I'd hoped for, but worth the effort. Rt 108 in Jeffersonville take a left on Canyon Rd (just past the old gristmill), the parking area is marked and is adjacent to a covered bridge. I elected to cross the bridge and bushwack up the far bank, rather than attempt a springtime fording of the river. The falls are 1/2 mile upstream. The gorge is perhaps the most constricting I've seen in the state.
Little Falls: The infamous Gazetteer is off, but only a mile this time. Look for the falls a mile downstream from their suggested location.
McLaughlin falls: This 25' series is delightful. On the Wheelerville road, between Mendon, and Rutland. Just below the newly constucted bridge in the middle of nowhere.
Rock River falls: high on the rock river in Dover. Very remote.
The melt water falls in Smugglers Notch (Jeffersonville side) is flowing (Late April 1997), and while the road is still officially closed, you'd have the notch all to yourself. It's very tall, perhaps 300'. It flows all year, but is greatly diminished in mid-summer. I suspect it is the outlet of Lake of the Clouds.
Trout River Falls in Montgomery Center is raging (Late April 1997). Less than 1/10 of a mile on 242 past the 58/118/242 intersection, there is an abandoned parking lot behind a white house. There is a well defined trail from the back of the lot. There are 2 falls here: The actual Trout River Falls, and a feeder stream that cascades into the pool below the falls.
In addition to the falls above, I've also been encouraged to look for Molly's Falls in Marshfield. I understand them to be on the stream that flows out of Molly's Falls Pond and into the Winooski. A topographic map of the area (Marshfield Quadrangle) shows the stream flowing over a steep decline just before joining the river.
I investigated this area with my wife on April 13, 2003 but the stream appeared to be on private property and there were no obvious approaches. I saw no signs, parking areas, or trailheads along Rt. 2 or along the side road that runs alongside the Winooski in the same general area. This deserves more investigation at a later time.
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