Buttermilk Falls Trail

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Buttermilk Falls Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Grahamsville, Vermont that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.

1.1 miles
193 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly




nature trips





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11 days ago

The photo here, as of August 2017, doesn't do this place justice. To all those photogs out there, make sure you go late in the day or on a colder day so you can avoid the swimmers.

21 days ago

We travel to Vermont a lot, and recently stayed in the Ludlow area at the Jackson Gore Inn which is just a few minutes away. The falls are easy to find, right off Route 103 on Buttermilk Falls Road.  As you travel down the road, you will see pull offs on the side of the road.  We arrived around 9 on a Sunday morning, and we could see cars starting to line up.

There are three parts to the falls - lower, middle, and upper.  We had no trouble finding the many paths and trails meandering through the woods from the road and to each of the falls.  We went after some rain and some of the slopes and rocks were slippery, so just watch your step especially if you wear something like flip-flops (versus sturdy shoes).  While much of the terrain is easy to navigate, there are some rocks, roots, and slopes to travel over. We kind of meandered between the trail and the water's edge, as there are many little paths going through the woods.

At the beginning of the trail (the first pulloff areas closer to the bottom of the falls), there is a trailhead type kiosk where there is information about Buttermilk Falls, including a map and water testing results.

We went the morning after a rainstorm, and the kiosk sign recommends not entering the water 24 hours after there is heavy rain because of elevated e. coli levels.  It had been pretty stormy the night before so we decided against going in the water, even though our original intent was to swimming. There were lots of folks there who came prepared with swimming gear.

We have had a lot of rain this summer, so the water level was high. Most places we have been visiting have water levels that are higher than normal, so it really depends on rainfall levels too.

The distance between the falls is not far at all, so the kids had no problem "hiking" between them, and enjoyed exploring the surrounding nature.  It was a little buggy when we were there, so plan on bringing some bug spray.

The falls were very pretty and looks like it is a fun place to swim, so we will definitely be back.

27 days ago

Although it is a short and easy hike, it is definitely worth the trip. The falls are beautiful. If you're daring enough, you can dip your toes in the "cool" mountain water!

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2 months ago

Beautiful spot! However if you come on a hot weekend it's more of a local swimming hole than a hike. Bring your swimsuit!

7 months ago

Scenic Trail, offering 3 Waterfalls, and a great spot for swimming as well.