Lye Brook Falls Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Manchester Center, Vermont that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
938 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
3 days ago

11/10/18 Nice hike, easy to follow, well marked trail. We went after a couple days of rain so it was pretty wet and muddy. By the time we got back to the parking lot our hiking shoes were soaked. Waterfall was worth it!

hiking
6 days ago

PLEASE WEAR WATERPROOF BOOTS!!! Due to all the rain a good quarter to half mile of the trail is under several inches of water and there is significant mud.

hiking
12 days ago

just hiked to the falls with our dog. he did great and the falls were incredible. a little mud, running and standing water on the trail. well worth it for the view.

trail running
20 days ago

Trail is well maintained and the entire section is very runnable, with a few water crossings to refresh your feet (nothing better than ice cold Vermont water).
Towards the bottom there is one very cool section under a canopy of evergreen trees with an almost level dirt path which makes for a quite scenic "trail road."
Path gets a bit rockier as you ascend a few switchbacks.
I went during a cold and rainy day so once I got high enough, the rain turned to snow, which added to the ambience.
When I got to the trail junction about 1.75 miles or so in, I read the sign as "falls" straight ahead and the other insignia as towards the right (descent). This was incorrect. The falls are actually down to the right.
Anyway, I kept climbing (toward Bourn pond) and this section of trail wasn't maintained.
It was very wet, muddy, single track and with tons of down / decaying trees blocking the path. This felt like more of a Bushwhack. I kept going about another half mile or so to a large stream crossing, which I incorrectly assumed was Lye Brook falls.
In actuality, I believe this was the higher section of rocky brook that feeds the falls below.
Regardless, next time I return, I'll make sure to turn right at the junction!

hiking
21 days ago

This was a great trail! our dog enjoyed the trail as well, we kept her close near the falls since we didn't trust her to stay out of the water. The trail was absolutely gorgeous. Its uphill the whole way to the falls, but the way back goes much faster

1 month ago

Very nice trail. A little rocky definitely moderately rated. My wife and I are amateur hikers and it took us about 3 hours round trip. Totally worth the view though!

1 month ago

Challenging in certain areas, especially with dogs. Hiking boots are highly recommend. Due to the terrain, very rocky, mostly uphill ascent and downhill decent, and combination of water crossings, felt rating was slightly underrated. The falls are spectacular and worth the challenge

hiking
1 month ago

This hike takes you to a really beautiful waterfall. It is rocky and you cross a few streams along the way. All were crossable but one was mildly challenging. I recommend for a nice short hike to a great view.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike,but lots of rocks. Pretty falls, but probably a lot nicer after a good rain.

1 month ago

Great hike in my backyard. PLEASE DO NOT VENTURE OFF TRAIL! I’ve done way too many searches for lost hikers up here. Easy to follow trail markers

2 months ago

Good hike, 2nd half of ascent is a little tough, but the falls make it all worth it

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike! Not too strenuous, and with a great view at the end. Falls are better if it recently rained, but there would be more mud on the way there.

2 months ago

The falls at the end is such a beautiful treat. We did encounter a black bear along the trail but quietly went our separate ways. Gorgeous hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, took us 2 hours and 15 min for a round trip. Bring some food/drink for a nice little picnic when you get there. The waterfall is really high, you also can climb a little up closer to the top and touch the water. Very rewarding view after a good hike with quite steep and steady incline!

hiking
2 months ago

Great short day hike. A bit rocky and would recommend hiking shoes/boots. Round trip took us about 3 hrs. Falls were beautiful. Took a lot of nice pics

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike, about 3 miles, most of the way in is uphill over rocky terrain but the falls are really cool and its worth the hike. Bring water and a snack to eat while you sit and enjoy the falls. Wear good hiking shoes.

2 months ago

Great hike- wear hiking boots!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike. Took 1:15 to hike in, and an hour to hike out. Plus whatever time you spend at the falls. Waterfall is gorgeous. We went right after a good rain, so it was running really well. Go early, or on a weekday if possible... seems like it’s a really popular spot. Moderate rating appropriate. Incline towards falls went on for a while... not just a “walk in the woods”. All four members of my family say “five stars!!!!”

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike.

2 months ago

Nice trail, a little heavily traveled, nice water views with waterfalls, good for kids and families.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is definitely worth the trip! Easy start with a relatively flat forest path that quickly turns into a steep climb over rocks and streams. I would recommend wearing water or durable hiking shoes as your feet are likely to get wet crossing some small streams. The waterfall is stunning!

3 months ago

Great trail. Lots of variety although the rock slides could be daunting for some. Fabulous falls! At the end of the access road ( which has some fun potholes) on the way back out of the “park” is a clever sign telling you there is a speed bump! Hard to tell with all the potholes...good for a chuckle.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail, well blazed with a fantastic falls at the end.

3 months ago

The view of the falls is definitely well worth the hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Going up you climb over 750 ft to the falls. Awesome view at the end

hiking
3 months ago

The road to the trail is not paved and has very deep holes (so get in an SUV) and you will find a round about to park at. The trailhead is marked by a wooden sign that shows you where to go. You get to hear the waterfalls throughout the walk and sometimes have to walk on rocks to cross streams so wear good grip shoes for that. The trail is well maintained and there is a lookout of the river abt. 5min after the trailhead area. This is fairly flat at the beginning then it gets steeper about .5/1 mile into the hike. The only thing is that about 2 miles into the hike, the area closer to the waterfalls is not very well maintained. the bushes cover the trail so I would make sure you wear long pants and long sleeves so you don't get bugs on you. This area is also steep and you are sometimes walking close to a steep edge. Finally, the waterfalls at the end are beautiful and you actually should go down a little bit (instead of going left to go up near the falls) so that you can then go up but on the lower level of the falls. Oh and while others have claimed this is well marked, it's not really. You're on the blue trail at the start then near the waterfalls you are on the grey trail (no idea what happens in between) but you can't get lost. There is only 1 other trail that crosses path (7 miles) and the divergence in the road tells you the waterfalls is on your right so you can't get lost.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely a beautiful hike!! The waterfall end was just amazing!!! One I would Definetly love to do over and over again. Peaceful. Quiet. The sound of the water on the way to and back just relaxing. Nice crisp refreshing water. Love love love this hike!

3 months ago

great hike in and out

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike, very little incline, well marked with beautiful views of the falls. Highly recommend for all ages

3 months ago

Nice hike. The rock backdrop on the falls is beautiful!

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