Hamilton Falls Trail

MODERATE 42 reviews

Hamilton Falls Trail is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Jamaica, Vermont that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1072 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
20 days ago

22 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

I hiked the overlook and then the Hamilton falls trail with a small group of people last year, and am planning to go again soon. In august there is an abundance of mushroom varieties on the way up. Coming back down to get to the main park entrance is also quite enjoyable, where you walk along a wide gravel path following the babbling brook.

30 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

This was an easy hike to the falls. Fairly shaded as well. Once we reached the falls you can see a rope on the rocks. We climbed up the rocks with rope and there was a grotto like area on top. Would not recommend for children to do this. Fell coming down and scratched up my back. It was a really pretty sight to see and worth the hike though!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

First 2 miles are on flat ground alongside the river and then once you turn onto the Hamilton Falls trail you have about another mile to go until you see the waterfalls. Also recommend taking the trail to see the overlook because it's stunning. FYI you need to pay, per person, to get in to Jamaica State Park.

hiking
1 month ago

Accessed this through Jamaica State Park, nice trails. Gradual elevation and not at all difficult. Falls were beautiful but it was very busy (kinda took away from the beauty). Top of the falls were really awesome to see too!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

I thought this was a great trail to do for a beginner. Pretty flat and scenic for over 2 miles then a 1 mile, rocky, with breaks, hike up that's totally worth the view! I think the lower falls are more scenic but it was super fun and a lot of people at the upper falls as well. There's a road that will take you directly to the falls (West Windham) if you don't feel like taking the long trek. Also took my Boston Terrier and he loved it!

3 months ago

Excellent trail, the water fall at the end of the trail is so worth the trip!

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

I liked the 1 mile hike up to the falls, but the preceding 2mike hike on the W River trail was a bit boring, tho the view of the river was nice.

10 months ago

Went hiking here Columbus weekend. So beautiful!

walking
10 months ago

Nice walk up to the Falls. Many breaks for this flatlander. Very pretty trail.

hiking
11 months ago

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!!

hiking
11 months ago

2.6

11 months ago

Great day and great hike. Four of us brought our two dogs. Challenging to falls but well worth the hike. So beautiful!

hiking
11 months ago