Hamilton Falls Trail

MODERATE 31 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.

25 days ago

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

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1 month ago

1 month 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.

7 months ago

Went hiking here Columbus weekend. So beautiful!

walking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 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!!

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8 months ago

2.6

8 months ago

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

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9 months ago

3 miles
easy 2 miles
moderate last mile to the falls

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

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!

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

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.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

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.