I've hiked this trail more times than I can count and it never gets old!! The first two miles are flat, easy and beautiful with the West River at your left keeping you company. There are so many cool geological formations and glacial deposits to marvel at!! Take the Hamilton Falls trail on the right which is about a mile upwards. This is a steady climb and can be rocky and rooty, so watch your footing. If you're here in the Spring, be cautious of the little orange salamanders on the trail. Hiking on weekdays here is nice, way less people. You will see a sign stating more than 10 people have died in the falls, it's more like 14 or 15 now, including a young man who died late this summer. Take this seriously. Respect nature and stay out of the upper pools and don't climb up the falls...I've seen people slip and have close calls. Enjoy the beauty around you...it is so abundant!!
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.
Fran C. on Hamilton Falls 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.