Buttermilk Falls Swimming Hole

Southern Green Mountains, Vermont

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Buttermilk Falls Swimming Hole


  • Trailhead sign just below the road.- Buttermilk Falls Swimming Hole
  • Trail leading down to the water.- Buttermilk Falls Swimming Hole
  • A bridge just before the first waterfall.- Buttermilk Falls Swimming Hole
  • Crystal clear water at the rocky shoreline.- Buttermilk Falls Swimming Hole
  • A swimmer sits in the middle falls.- Buttermilk Falls Swimming Hole
  • Looking down from above the middle falls.- Buttermilk Falls Swimming Hole
  • The upper falls are the most popular among swimmers.- Buttermilk Falls Swimming Hole
  • The pool below the upper falls.- Buttermilk Falls Swimming Hole
Overview + Weather
Beautiful scenery. Deep pools. Multiple waterfalls.
Big crowds. Roadside parking.
Southern Green Mountains, VT
Location type: 
Cliff jumping
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Whether you’re looking for a place to cool off, relax at a scenic spot or take photos, Buttermilk Falls offers it all. You’ll park along the side of a country road and hike a short distance down to Branch Brook, where you’ll have your choice of where to hop in. There is a fairly easy-going trail that parallels the brook, with side paths leading back up to the road, so you can spend a good part of the day exploring different sections of the brook. There are three separate waterfalls, with the middle and upper falls being the most popular due to the gorgeous green pools of water beneath them. It’s not uncommon to see people of all ages jumping from the rocks or picnicking at the rocky shoreline. People come from all over the northeast to swim here, and hot summer days can get crowded. If you prefer to avoid the crowds, there are plenty of other quieter places along this section of the brook you can explore. 

The falls and surrounding land is managed by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and a conservation easement protects it from future development so that families can continue visiting this special place for generations to come. 

Cliff Jumping Safety

Swimming holes and cliff jumping can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable outdoor activities that pose significant risks regarding personal safety. Changing water levels, unseen rocks, and river bottoms that have shifted with currents and seasonal weather can turn a well-known jumping area into a serious hazard. Prior to engaging in these activities, extensively scout the current conditions, and understand the risks involved with serious injury and the logistical challenges of evacuation from the water so you can make safe decisions.

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