Yearning for a summer getaway, but don’t have the cash? Check out these gems that won’t break your budget!
1. Bristol Falls Swimming Hole
Also known as Bartlett Falls, this spot is perfect for the adventure seeker. The falls include a 15-foot waterfall surrounded by rocks that drops into a small canyon of water.
Access these falls by taking route 116 east in Bristol and turning right onto Lincoln road.
2. Bolton Potholes
One of the more popular swimming holes in Vermont, Bolton has three different set of falls. The first plunge drops into a small round pothole, the second drops into an almost perfect circular pot hole, and the third is a cascade about five feet tall that goes into a narrow river channel. Below the falls the water is calm and enters a very large round pool.
From Waterbury, take Route 2 about 6 and a half miles from the intersection of Route 2 and Route 10 and take a right onto Bolton Valley Road.
3. Warrens Falls
These falls are located on the Mad River and include gorgeous and unique rock formations. There are three different waterfalls and pools of water to swim in, and four different cliffs to jump off of.
From Warren Village, take Route 100 3 miles South to a large parking area on the right. From there, follow the sounds of the waterfall to the swimming area.
4. Bingham Falls
From the road, the falls can be accessed by a short trail, following the sounds of the waterfalls. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear, because the last stretch of the trail is a decent down a flew slippery rocks to the stunning 25-foot high waterfall with a clear, deep blue-green pool.
From Stowe, take Route 108 northwest towards Mt. Mansfield. At the top of the hill, there is a turn around where you can park. Directly across the street is the trail to hike to Bingham Falls.
5. Sterling Falls Gorge
With a gorgeous waterfall hike, the gorge has a set of six cascades. Just past the gorge there is a perfectly placed picnic table, so bring along a basket of your favorite foods to enjoy!
Take Route 100 North out of Stowe village, and bear left onto Stagecoach Road. Two miles up, take another left on to Sterling Valley Road and follow for several miles. Take a left at the fork in the road and follow the signs to the Sterling Falls Gorge parking lot.