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Big Falls State Park

Northern Green Mountains, Vermont

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  • The top of the falls with the road in the background.- Big Falls State Park
  • Looking downstream at a swimming hole.- Big Falls State Park
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  • The river immediately above the falls is deceptively flat.- Big Falls State Park
  • The forest is very open.- Big Falls State Park
  • A steep scramble is required to reach the base of the falls.- Big Falls State Park
  • People have stacked the flat rocks from the riverbed into interesting structures.- Big Falls State Park
  • Looking up toward the base of the falls.- Big Falls State Park
  • The rocks here are have high mica content, making them appear to shine.- Big Falls State Park
  • The area below the falls makes a good swimming hole.- Big Falls State Park
  • A few riffles below the swimming hole in Big Falls State Park.- Big Falls State Park
  • The main falls in Big Falls State Park is about 35 feet tall.- Big Falls State Park
  • There are many tiers and channels on Big Falls.- Big Falls State Park
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  • Big Falls State Park.- Big Falls State Park
  • Big Falls State Park.- Big Falls State Park
  • Big Falls State Park.- Big Falls State Park
  • Big Falls State Park.- Big Falls State Park
  • Big Falls State Park.- Big Falls State Park
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  • The top of this formidable rock outcropping makes for a great view of the falls and is easily accessible from the parking lot.- Big Falls State Park
  • Big Falls State Park.- Big Falls State Park
  • The cliffs are beautiful- Big Falls State Park
  • The river immediately above Big Falls, as seen from the road. It's deceptively flat.- Big Falls State Park
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Pros: 
Great views. Swimming holes. Always flowing.
Cons: 
Some trash. Near the road. Difficult to reach the base of falls.
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Region:
Northern Green Mountains, VT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Big Falls State Park features a 35-foot-tall waterfall on the Missisquoi River near Troy, Vermont. It is one of the largest undeveloped waterfalls in the state, and the pool below the falls makes for an inviting place to swim or fish in the summer. For much of the year the falls is a beautiful place to soak your feet, have a picnic, and enjoy the views.

While no facilities exist, the open old-growth stands of hemlock and pine are an inviting place to picnic or to set up a primitive tent site. Both sides of the river have 2,400 feet of public land that was donated in 1996 by the Citizens Utilities Company. A massive cliff juts out over the falls, making a great viewing platform. 

The area below the falls is open to swimming at your own risk, and the depth varies abruptly, so use caution.

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