GERRY'S FALLS


Windsor, Vermont



RATING: 3.0 / 5.0 stars (Great) Gerry's Falls, Vermont
(see below for larger image and additional photographs)
STATE: Vermont
COUNTY: Windsor
TOWN: Windsor
PARK: Ascutney State Park
PRIVATE PROPERTY: No
TYPE: Plunges, cascades, and slides
HEIGHT: 100-foot total drop
WATER SOURCE: Mountain Brook
WATERSHED SIZE: Low/medium
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.8 mile one-way
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Moderate
HIKING TIME: 35 minutes one-way
ALTITUDE GAIN: +450 feet
WHEN TO VISIT: May to October
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: 2007: Page 31, I-10 (the falls are not marked on the VT atlas)
2015: Page 64, B-3 (the falls are not marked on the NH/VT atlas)
HANDICAP ACCESS: No
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes
COST TO VISIT: Free (as of 2017)
LENS TO BRING: Wide-angle (14-35mm) and/or standard (35-70mm)
ALTERNATE NAMES: Gerry Falls
GPS-TRAILHEAD: 43.457167, -72.422167
GPS-WATERFALL: 43.452000, -72.434000
COMPASS: 120° excluding declination (the falls face northeast)
INCLUDED IN BOOK?: No, the falls are not currently included within the guidebook
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THE FALLS

Mt. Ascutney, one of Vermont's finest mountain peaks, harbors at least five seasonal waterfalls on its slopes. Gerry's Falls is found on the east side of the mountain and like the others, it is best visited from May to June. The falls are a series of drops of various heights totaling about 100 feet. There's a lot of exposed bedrock and some medium-sized boulders strewn along the brook, many of which are capped by ferns. Beginning as a two-tier plunge, the brook then cascades into a waterslide. The falls near the very bottom of the formation are tough to access as the brook narrows, vegetation becomes thicker, and the forest canopy reaches down closer to the brook. The brook often dries to trickle in summer.

The falls are named after George Nelson Gerry, a local resident who loved nature and Mt. Ascutney. A plaque near the falls bears his name and a message that states 'The truth at the heart of nature, the light that is not of day, why seek it afar forever, when it cannot be lifted away'.

TRAIL INFORMATION

To reach the falls, you'll be following the white-blazed Windsor Trail steadily uphill for 0.8 mile. Start your hike by crossing a field on an uphill path that is usually mowed and enter the woods after 0.1 mile. After 0.2 mile, you'll start walking parallel to the brook and gorge, which contains many small and medium-sized falls. There is no safe access by which to reach these minor falls, so continue hiking uphill towards the main falls. After hiking for 0.8 mile, you'll reach two paths that lead left over to the stream in about 75 feet. The two paths are about 25 feet apart and the upper one currently has a sign for the falls. Both paths offer good views of the falls, and both are worth the effort as they look at different portions of the falling water.

If you continue hiking further uphill along the Windsor Trail, you will eventually come to a log shelter that was built in the 1960s. Backpackers are welcome to stay the night (free; first-come, first-served), but it's in rather rough shape as far as overnight shelters go. It does have a fireplace, which is uncommon for log shelters in New England.

DIRECTIONS

From I-91 in the section of Weathersfield known as Ascutney, take exit 8. Follow VT 131 east for 0.4 mile and turn left onto US-5 north. Drive 1.1 miles on US-5 north and turn left onto VT 44A. Drive north on VT 44A for 2.7 miles and turn left into a large parking area for Ascutney State Park. This parking area is 1.6 miles north of the main entrance and auto road of the state park.

To get Ascutney, take I-91 north from Brattleboro or I-91 south from White River Junction.

UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION

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OPTIONAL HIKES

The Windsor Trail continues beyond the falls and ultimately to the summit of Mt. Ascutney, where fine views are afforded from a fire-tower platform that is open to the public. Beyond the summit are more scenic views and a hang-glider launch from the West Peak of the mountain. Hiking past Gerry's Falls and to the summit and back is estimated to be 5.5 miles round-trip with 2,500 feet of elevation gain.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Gerry's Falls, Vermont
Gerry's Falls, Vermont

Gerry's Falls, Vermont
Gerry's Falls, Vermont

Gerry's Falls, Vermont
Gerry's Falls, Vermont

Gerry's Falls, Vermont
Gerry's Falls, Vermont

Gerry's Falls, Vermont
Gerry's Falls, Vermont

Gerry's Falls, Vermont
Gerry's Falls, Vermont

Gerry's Falls, Vermont
Gerry's Falls, Vermont

Gerry's Falls, Vermont
the trail to Gerry's Falls crosses this open field

Gerry's Falls, Vermont
the trailhead for Gerry's Falls

Gerry's Falls, Vermont
Gerry's Falls, Vermont

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TIPS FOR VISITING WATERFALLS & SWIMMING HOLES

Here are some tips to help ensure that your trip to New England's waterfalls and swimming holes will be a safe and enjoyable one:
  • DON'T FORGET THE ESSENTIALS - When you visit waterfalls, you should consider bringing all of the following: (a) bug spray; (b) food/snacks; (c) water/sports drinks; (d) camera/smart-phone; (e) guidebook/trail map; (f) daypack/backpack; and (g) hiking shoes, hiking boots or watershoes. A full day hiking packing list can be found here.
  • CONSIDER BUYING WATER SHOES - You won't see too many people using them, but watershoes are fantastic pieces of equipment that can make your trip to waterfalls and swimming holes safer and more enjoyable. Merrill and Keen make some fantastic watershoes (here are some great ones from Merrill: womens / mens).
  • LEAVE NO TRACE - When you visit waterfalls and swimming holes, you'll often see some trash and sometimes you'll even find clothing left behind by others. It's really, really sad, and it irks the heck out of us. Won't you consider carrying out some of trash and clothing left by others when you leave? That would leave the spot more beautiful for the next person. Bring a trash bag and be a hero!
  • PRIVATE PROPERTY - Many waterfalls and swimming holes are located on private property and so we are truly fortunate that many landowners allow us to enjoy them. If you want to ensure that they stay open to the public, please do your best to leave no trace. If you see a sign that says 'Private Property', turn around and find another waterfall to visit or a different place to swim.
  • BRING A DSLR CAMERA AND TRIPOD WITH YOU - If you want to take high-quality photographs of waterfalls, your smart-phone just won't cut it. Get a DSLR camera, a tripod, and learn to master the art of waterfall photography.
  • SCOUT FIRST, SWIM SECOND - Never enter a swimming hole without first scouting it, even if you see somebody else swimming in it. Stop and access the risks based upon the depth of water, the power of the current, evidence of slippery rocks, and other safety factors.
  • CLIFF JUMPING - Cliff jumping is dangerous. Like, seriously dangerous. Understand the risks before you partake in this activity. Many have died from doing this in New England. Here is a list of all known deaths at waterfalls and swimming holes in New England.
  • PLEASE DON'T BUILD ROCK CAIRNS - Please do not build new rock cairns at waterfalls or swimming holes. Cairns are a strong reminder of human presence, and don't we all want to see waterfalls in their natural state and glory? Photographers get particularly annoyed at seeing cairns, so please resist the urge to build them.
  • DON'T RELY ON YOUR GPS TO GET YOU TO THE TRAILHEAD - Waterfalls don't have addresses, so relying on your GPS to get you to a trailhead is great way to get yourself lost. You need a guidebook, a road atlas, and/or a hiking map to visit the vast majority of waterfalls in New England. Also keep in mind that waterfalls are often located in wild areas, where smart-phone map apps and car GPS units may not work at all.
  • WATERFALLS IN SPRING - The best time to visit waterfalls is generally in the spring during the annual snowmelt (which is April to June). However, most waterfalls will often look great for several days after a significant rain storm.
  • HELP KEEP THE ULTRA-SECRET SWIMMING HOLES A SECRET (FOREVER) - If you find some ultra-secret swimming holes, please do your best to keep them a secret. Do not post their locations online or wildly share directions or photos with others. All of the swimming holes that are included in the guidebook and online through this website are the well-known swimming spots. There are many more holes that are much further off the beaten path, but they deserve a chance to stay wild and pristine.
  • DON'T SCRAMBLE UP WATERFALLS - So many people been seriously injured and killed in the waterfalls of New England. Many of these folks got too close to a waterfall and slipped and fell. Don't become a statistic: stay far back from the edge.
  • WEAR TRACTION IF YOU VISIT WATERFALLS IN WINTER - Visiting waterfalls in winter can be rewarding, but there is often a higher element of danger. You may need crampons, snowshoes, and/or some other form of traction (like Microspikes) in order to safely hike to waterfalls in winter.
  • SUPPORT NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT CONSERVE WATERFALLS & SWIMMING HOLES - There are some organizations in New England that work diligently to conserve and maintain waterfalls and swimming holes. Please consider supporting these organizations, either with their trail maintenance projects or with monetary donations. Here are three excellent organizations engaged in this extremely important mission: the Trustees of Reservations, the Vermont River Conservancy and the Nature Conservancy.

HELPFUL LINKS

Here are some helpful links to help you explore and enjoy more waterfalls and hikes throughout New England:
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  • Waterfalls of Maine = link
  • Waterfalls of Massachusetts = link
  • Waterfalls of New Hampshire = link
  • Waterfalls of Rhode Island = link
  • Waterfalls of Vermont = link
  • Best Waterfalls in New England = link
  • Best Swimming Holes in New England = link
  • Top 25 Day Hikes in New England = link
  • Top 25 Family-Friendly Day Hikes in New England = link
  • Waterfalls Near Boston, Massachusetts = link
  • Waterfalls Near Lincoln, New Hampshire = link
  • Waterfalls Near North Conway, New Hampshire = link
  • Waterfalls Near Stowe, Vermont = link
  • Waterfall Photography Tips = link

OTHER WATERFALL GUIDEBOOKS

In addition to the New England Waterfalls guidebook, there are several other guidebooks that can help you find waterfalls and swimming holes:
  • Vermont Waterfalls (1st Edition: 2015) = link
  • Hiking Waterfalls in New England: A Guide to the Region's Best Waterfall Hikes (1st Edition: 2015) = link
  • Waterfalls of the White Mountains: 30 Hikes to 100 Waterfalls (2nd Edition: 1999) = link
  • Connecticut Waterfalls (1st Edition: 2014) = link
  • Rodrick's Guide to Vermont Waterfalls, Cascades & Gorges (1st Edition: 2014) = link
       

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