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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Bingham Falls - Stowe, VT

Picture this, a short scenic hike to a beautiful waterfall with an emerald pool in Stowe Vermont.... a swim in the refreshingly cool pool below included.  

Places like this, and mornings like this one, are some of the reasons why New England is such a beautiful part of the planet.  Trying to describe New England to my friends out west was always a challenge.  Sea level is not as inviting to people who strive to conquer Colorado's 14 footers, or people who love to sneak into the backcountry sight unseen for 5 days.  We may not always have those classic deserts, insane summit views, or towering prominent peaks.  BUT, what we do have is amazing bodies of water, ranging from woodsy waterfalls to beach coastlines.  And the green.  Here in New England, there is just so much green... oh how I missed this level of green. 

Posts like this one are short and simple, and designed to show you just how scenic, idyllic, and quaint New England is with all her woodsy small town charm.  Grab a bagel, hike to a waterfall, go for a swim, stop at a brewery.  Silly, simple happiness can be found here.  

Trail Information 

Bingham Falls is a popular spot due to its location in popular Stowe and relatively short easy trail and access.  Bingham Falls is located within the Mt. Mansfield State Forest and is open to the public for a variety of non-motorized recreational activities.  The trail to the falls can be accessed via Route 108/Mountain Road.  Parking is available in two paved pull-offs on either side of the road or through the Stowe Land Trust owned Mill Trail Property.  Be warned, this is a very popular spot so the waterfalls will be crowded and parking may be iffy.  If you want solitude I recommend you visit mid-week, or early in the morning.  We were at the waterfall by 10 am on a Sunday morning and enjoyed a quick swim and the waterfall almost to ourselves (a rare occurrence).  

The trail is approximately 0.5 miles out and back and gains 140' in elevation making it family friendly.   This trail is also dog-friendly (on leash).  Beware, the last part of the hike is a steep drop down to the bottom of the fall.  Make sure you watch little ones and pets by slippery rocks and cliff areas.  Be aware, be cautious, and lead by example while out on the trails.  

The waterfall itself is a series of cascades in a narrow gorge, dropping 30 foot into a large round pool where visitors can swim in its chilly waters. 

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