Lye Brook Falls Trail

MODERATE 460 reviews

Lye Brook Falls Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily 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

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

The trail, marked with blue blazes, follows the Lye Brook Trail for just under 2 miles. At around the 1.8 miles, there is a spur trail to the right that leads to the falls. There will be a sign, though some have reported it can be misleading. Climbing around the falls is not recommended, as wet rocks can be very slippery.

hiking
12 days ago

Nice, mostly wide trail through the woods. In some places it is fast-going, in others rocky and wet. We walked in sub-freezing day temperatures following a rainy day. There were large wet areas and some snow and ice on the trail as we climbed higher. Was very glad to be wearing boots! The view of the falls was somewhat obscured by hemlock branches bending low with snow.

hiking
muddy
rocky
18 days ago

Great trail. Nothing too steep but very rocky in spots. We came a day or two after heavy rains and trail was muddy in spots and the streams were really flowing well. The Falls are amazing and worth the effort to get to them.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
18 days ago

hiking
muddy
18 days ago

Trail was great. Not too crowded. Wear water proof non slip mid hikers for ankle stability. Wet leaves and rocks makes it super slippery.

hiking
25 days ago

What a great hike the falls were better than we imagined! We then went up toward the summit but were afraid it would be to dark before we got down! It was such a great hike! We drove 4 hours to do this hike and cannot wait to come back

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful trail, but little solitude along the way.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great hike, definitely a little challenging at few spots but not difficult. Nice water falls and plenty spots for backpacking if u wanna stay the night in the woods.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Great trail especially in autumn. The moderate rating was spot on. It was a bit muddy in some parts and there were points at which you had to make your way across a little brook; I’d recommend waterproof footwear with good gripping.

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This is a fairly wide trail, mostly rocks and roots. Ample parking. Blue blaze. It was dry today so easy going but would be much harder if wet. We traveled with two kids (10 and 7) who are good hikers. It took us 90 minutes to the top at a leisurely pace. Nice spot to eat at the falls. We started at 9 on Wednesday and didn’t see anybody else until 11. Chipmunks, blue jays, wrens, finches Mostly maple, beech, aspen with some hemlock stands mixed in.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice during fall; truly a moderate hike. Slightly muddy in parts so take that into consideration when picking out your shoes for this ;) But overall an amazing view.

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful falls, with great views of the ridge on the other side of the brook - the leaves were magnificent. Somewhat busy, but to be expected on Columbus Weekend. Easy to follow the trail, but very rocky. Wear sturdy shoes.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Not a great hike. Lots of walking over fields of watermelon sized rocks. Uphill out and downhill back. Probably not great for granny in her tennis shoes. Tons of people. Not a relaxing hike. Felt more like Disney World. Waterfall at end is pretty but ruined by the multitude of people all trying to scramble up the side trail for the best view.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike on a lovely autumn day. Colors were perfect and bright and waterfall was lovely. Not too crowded. Parts at the top were more challenging but generally an easy and fun hike. Took less than 2 hours for our group.

hiking
1 month ago

My first hiking in Vermont , we started little late and fissured 6.30pm almost dark! Easy hike but long . You will enjoy the fall

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Not as exciting, hiking through tree cover most of the way. Waterfall is tall but the day we went the flow was lacking.

1 month ago

A great Vermont hike with a waterfall payoff at the end. Not a particularly hard hike-blue blazes clearly marked on trees and then on rocks as you near the Falls. Some uphill but nothing too steep or technical just some rocks to pay attention to especially when wet but nothing crazy. The Falls are unusual - skinny and not exactly gushing but very cool- especially if you decide to go up on the left side of Falls as far up as you can (totally doable if you watch your step and go slow; not recommended for kids!). Did this on a cool autumn day when temps were in the high 40’s and kinda overcast but still beautiful.

A little bit rocky in spots, but not too bad. Saw a couple dogs on the trail in addition to ours. Nice waterfall at the end.

hiking
1 month ago

I did this hike years ago after hurricane Irene came through and changed the whole landscape. When I went the falls were a little disappointing but it looks like they’ve turned into something to see again. I’m looking forward to going back!

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great out and back. At 65, it was moderate. Mostly up hill going in but it was worth it to see the falls. The trail was rocky about 2/3 of the way. Still not a really tough trail. Well worth the effort.

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