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hiking
13 hours ago

Took our Bulldog on this hike today. Long steady uphill to the falls, some rocky patches. We were feeling it near the top. Falls were pretty dry.
Took some great photos.

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.

Went up the Middlesex to Bob Kemp trail to White Rock Mountain. Only saw a handful of people on the trail today. The summit was amazing, one of my favorites by far. So flat and gorgeous!!

This hike was beautiful and easier than I thought!

hiking
19 hours ago

Went up the Monroe trail on the 20th. Fairly steep difficult trail. Some decent scrambles. Beautiful view from the top and definitely worth it on a clear day.

Beautiful views, slightly crowded on a Sunday but worth it!!!!

What intended to be a short hike turned out to be almost 5 miles. Lots to see along the well kept trail, a great trail when it's sunny and hot, well shaded.
The park ranger said there's over 28 miles of trails within this state park. Costs 4 bucks but gives you access to the swimming area, picnic areas and the many trails.
I will definitely go back.

Drat...somehow there's still a couple of typos here. Stevenson Brook trail heads into the woods toward the RIGHT past the red gate across from the sign on our park road that reads STEVENSON BROOK TRAIL PARKING. Probably I was up too late when I wrote this! Apologies.

Lovely hike out & back with young families. Our 4-year old could have technically hiked the whole thing, but his pace would have kept us out longer than we had time for. We especially had fun exploring the rock cave and climbing up the ladder on the "rough" trail. Taylor lodge was the perfect spot to contain mobile kiddos while we ate a snack before descending. With a 4-year old, 15month old and 6 month old plus pup it took 4 hours round trip, snack included. Def would recommend!

Nice and fairly steep ascent through the forest with a little rock scrambling to finish. great views from the top