Hamilton Falls Trail is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Jamaica, VT that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Jamaica, VT: Travel a half mile east on Depot Street. After the park entrance, bear right to the large parking lot. Begin on Railroad Bed Trail; trailhead is in the northwest corner by the picnic area. Hike it 2.5 miles to Cobb Brook then another mile to the Hamilton Falls. OR from the tiny burg of South Windham, travel north a mile or so on Baker Hill Road turning left (west) onto Burpee Pond Road. Take this a very short distance making another left onto West Windham Road. Note: when the road forks, bear left. This will take you to the Hamilton Natural Area and the Hamilton Falls.
easy 2 miles
moderate last mile to the falls
The end of the hold is great but the first 2 miles are just along a flat wide boring old logging trail. Not exciting or challenging. The falls are spectacular and the ascent exciting!
This is an awesome hike! Two miles of an easy walk by the river to the trailhead. The hike up to the falls is moderate to steep, with a couple of level stretches. In the spring, there are a few muddy patches, and insect repellent is a must. You may be tempted to climb up the rocks on the side of the falls, but resist the temptation because this is the dangerous part that the signs warn about. You can access the top of the falls by continuing on the trail, taking a left on Hamilton Road, and walking short distance to hook-up with the trail again on your left. For a nice view from Little Ball Mountain, take the overlook trail which branches off from the path along the river. It is worth the view. I hiked on Memorial Day weekend, and was surprised by the lack of traffic on either trail.
My husband and I hiked toward the falls from the end of Turkey Mountain Road, off of Rt. 30 in East Jamaica. It was also in/out about 2.5 miles. Started pretty rocky that eventually became more gravel. When you get to the road, you'll see the sign for the falls to your left. A good workout. Enjoyed the peaceful falls for a while before heading back.
Started our hike from the campground, so the first 2 miles were a pleasant stroll along the river, shaded by trees. The one-mile hike to the first falls was moderate, a little deep mud in places due to rain. Great day and my bitty chihuahua buddy loved it!
Loved the hike. It is a long V shaped trail that does not loop. There is a short upper walk to see the falls from above. You can't swim in the upper pool because it is what feeds the falls, the lower path either takes you along the river or down to the base of the falls where you can swim and play on with he smooth falls rock.
Great hike check out the waterfalls, river and dam while out!
We parked above the falls in dirt lot then hiked the trail to the lower falls. The trail was very easy to hike and the view from the bottom of the falls was great. Bring a bathing suit. Then we hiked the upper falls to look out over the top. That was very cool and worth the hike! But be careful on the rocks.
Started from Jamaica State Park ($4 per person fee). The first 2 miles is an easy walk with great views of the rushing river. The mile trek up to the falls is steep at times, but manageable for hikers of all levels. The reward is a beautiful swimming hole and waterfall. Bring your camera and bathing suit! My 15# dachshund made the hike, so bring your pooch!
Started from Jamaica State Park in Jamaica, VT. The park is technically closed in winter but the trail is accessible for XC and 'shoeing. There is a small plowed parking lot. It's a total of 6 miles, the first 2 miles on an old dismissed railroad are flat and along the river, you come upon a marker for the 1 mile hike up to the falls, this part is a moderate ascent. The falls under snow are beautiful.
My sister and I hiked the trail from our campground. The first two miles were flat and generally easy. The last mile heading to the falls was a bit more strenuous, but completely worth it! 6 mile hike altogether.
We love to have a destination, and this was a good one! The hike was easy for our then 4 year old and the falls were beautiful