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Thundering Brook Falls

Southern Green Mountains, Vermont

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  • A boardwalk over a marsh begins the short walk to the falls.- Thundering Brook Falls
  • The marsh is a great place for birdwatching.- Thundering Brook Falls
  • The boardwalk covered in snow.- Thundering Brook Falls
  • Portions of the boardwalk have railings for added security.- Thundering Brook Falls
  • The trail intersects the Appalachian Trail.- Thundering Brook Falls
  • The way to the falls is clearly marked.- Thundering Brook Falls
  • Blue blazes lead to the falls.- Thundering Brook Falls
  • A first glimpse of the falls.- Thundering Brook Falls
  • A rock outcropping near the falls.- Thundering Brook Falls
  • The falls pokes through the snow.- Thundering Brook Falls
  • An old repurposed pump house.- Thundering Brook Falls
  • The falls is a great destination even in the winter.- Thundering Brook Falls
  • - Thundering Brook Falls
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Easy access year round. Near other points of interest.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Southern Green Mountains, VT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Just minutes away from Killington's famous slopes, Thundering Brook Falls cascades roughly 125 feet over jagged metamorphic rock. A visit to the falls can take as little as 20 minutes, but visitors often find themselves transfixed by the falling water. The falls is spectacular at any water level, but it can take on a special beauty in the winter when much of the cliff face is covered in ice and snow. Periods of warm weather or rain will also give visitors an insight into the origin of the falls' name.

To reach the falls, park in the small parking area and begin following the obvious boardwalk through the marsh. Despite the proximity to civilization, the center of the marsh can feel quite wild. It's a great place for birdwatching, and binoculars are recommended.

The boardwalk meanders through the marsh for 0.2 miles before entering the woods. Here the Appalachian Trail splits off to the left, marked by white blazes. The trail to the falls continues another 100 yards to the right, marked by blue blazes and ending in an observation deck over the falls. 

From the deck, the lower two tiers of the falls are visible, dropping at roughly a 45 degree angle for a total of about 90 feet over slabs of Mount Holly Gneiss. In the winter the running water creates windows through the thick coating of snow that covers much of the falls that reveal the intricate folds and sharp edges of the bedrock beneath. Also visible is the privately owned micro hydroplant just downstream. 

Most visitors will turn around here, especially in icy winter conditions. However, additional tiers of the falls can be seen by continuing up the hill adjacent to the observation deck, revealing a 35-foot waterfall and twin cascades upstream.

To return, retrace your steps back to the AT junction and along the boardwalk. 

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