Vermont February 20, 2019
The Vermont Hike That Leads To The Most Unforgettable Destination
The Green Mountain State is every hiking enthusiasts dream come true. And the variety of trails to choose from is sometimes overwhelming. Today’s recommendation is a trail that leads to one of the most awe-inspiring spots in Vermont. Hamilton Falls is a spectacular tiered waterfall with a jaw-dropping 125-foot drop.
Hamilton Falls is a treasured natural gem tucked away in Jamaica State Park. An out and back trail will take you straight to this water wonder. While the falls may be the big payoff at the end of your adventure, remember getting there is half the fun.
You'll follow the West River Trail for 2 miles and then turn off onto the Hamilton Falls trail for the last mile of your trek. The first section of your journey is an easy stroll along wide flat terrain. The trail meanders along the tree-lined bed of the former West River Railroad.
You won't have to hike the trail alone. The beautiful babbling West River will be your trailside companion for most of the hike.
After two miles, take the blue-blazed Hamilton Falls Trail. The route used to be a wagon and truck road utilized to carry cargo down to the railroad. This part of your adventure will take a little more effort than the first with an uphill climb, but it's worth it!
When you arrive at the base of the falls, you'll be enchanted by the cascading waterfall that tumbles over three tiers. The impressive 125-foot drop creates a magical display.
The natural rock formations are almost otherworldly in their shape. The base of the falls is magnificent but you'll also want to take the short 1/10 mile trail to the top to check out the view.
On summer days, you might be tempted to swim at the falls. This area has been the site of many deadly water-related accidents so if you need to cool off, wade downstream below the falls where it's safe.
Are you ready to embark on this waterfall adventure? Gather your friends and family and make a day trip out of this scenic experience. You can grab the trail map below at
The trail to Hamilton Falls is located in Jamaica State Park at 48 Salmon Hole La.,
Jamaica, VT 05343. The park is open from 10 a.m. until sunset for day use visitors. The park does have campsites available for a longer stay. Find out more on the Vermont State Parks
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