JEUDEVINE FALLS


Hardwick, Vermont



RATING: 4.0 / 5.0 stars (Excellent) Jeudevine Falls, Vermont (see below for larger image and additional photographs)
STATE: Vermont
COUNTY: Caledonia
TOWN: Hardwick
PARK: Jeudevine Falls Event Center
PRIVATE PROPERTY: Yes (the public is currently welcome to visit the falls)
TYPE: Horsetails, cascades and a fan
HEIGHT: Tallest drop is 55 feet; 100-foot total drop
WATER SOURCE: Tucker Brook
WATERSHED SIZE: Low
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.1 mile one-way to lower falls; 0.25 mile one-way to upper falls
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy to lower falls; easy side of moderate to upper falls
HIKING TIME: 5 minutes one-way to lower falls; 10 minutes one-way to upper falls
ALTITUDE GAIN: Down 30 feet, up 20 feet to lower falls; Down 30 feet, up 100 feet to upper falls
WHEN TO VISIT: May to October
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: Page 47, E-12 (the falls are not marked on the VT atlas/map)
HANDICAP ACCESS: Yes (the lower falls are partially visible from roadside and a semi-rough path leads from the parking area to the base of the falls)
DOGS ALLOWED: Not allowed
COST TO VISIT: Yes (a per-person donation is requested; bring cash)
LENS TO BRING: Wide-angle (14-35mm) and/or standard (35-70mm)
ALTERNATE NAMES: None noted
GPS-TRAILHEAD: 44°32.87, -72°22.38
GPS-WATERFALL: Main/lower falls: 44°32.99, -72°22.35
COMPASS: 40 degrees (when N on the compass is pointed towards the falls)
INCLUDED IN BOOK?: Yes, the falls are included within the appendix of the guidebook
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THE FALLS

Here's a unique concept for New England: a highly scenic waterfall available for rent for marriage ceremonies and other events. This is the Jeudevine Falls Event Center, a one-of-a-kind spot in New England. Groups of up to 200 people can celebrate their event here, with the lower falls directly in back of them.

The lower falls itself is one of Vermont's best. The falls are partially viewable from the road, but are enjoyed significantly more up close. The lower falls are 50-to-60 feet tall, and consist of tiers of fans and horsetails. The underlying rock the water flows over is quite wide, and so the falls will be at their best in medium to high water. The middle and upper falls are more ordinary, but are less visited and connected by a lovely, well-maintained path. The middle falls are 12-feet tall and are staircase falls in form. The final waterfall is a 4-foot cascade that dumps into a shallow pool. There are often two picnic chairs placed here for your viewing pleasure.

A note to the serious photographers out there: the owner of the property is extremely skeptical about photographers in general (it is a long story). Before you bring a tripod onto the property, talk to the owner (he is often seen working around the property) and inform him that you are only taking pictures for your own personal use (the owner does not allow images of his waterfall to be used for commercial photography purposes without his consent). If the owner is not around, please make your donation in the small covered bridge in front of his house.

For more information about the event center, visit the Jeudevine Falls Event Center website.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
There are rumors floating around that the Jeudevine Falls Event Center will be closed after the end of the 2017 season. I am not sure what impact, if any, this will have in terms of public access to the waterfalls here.

TRAIL INFORMATION

To reach the falls, head down the rock-lined path towards the personal residence of the owner of the event center. Just in front of the home is a small pedestrian covered bridge which contains a donation box, along with information about the property and photographs of the waterfall. In 2017, the requested donation was $5 per adult. There is also a guestbook to sign when you finish your visit.

To get to the lower falls, walk behind the large barn on the property, cross a field, and follow the stream upstream for 50 feet. The upper falls are accessed by an uphill hike that begins at the lower falls. Follow a well-maintained path for about 750 feet to the upper falls. If you continue for 100 feet beyond the upper falls, you will reach an open marshy area, which is the end of the trail.

DIRECTIONS

From the northern junction of VT 14 and VT 15 in Hardwick, take VT 14 north for 2.2 miles and take a left onto a short road that leads to the parking area for the Jeudevine Falls Event Center. Be aware that weddings and other events are often held here, especially on summer weekends. There is a chance that you may find difficulty parking or may not be able to access the waterfall at all.

To get to Hardwick, take exit 8 off I-89 in Montpelier and follow US 2 east to VT 14 north.

UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION

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OPTIONAL HIKES

None noted.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Jeudevine Falls, Vermont
Jeudevine Falls, Vermont

Jeudevine Falls, Vermont
Jeudevine Falls, Vermont

Jeudevine Falls, Vermont
Jeudevine Falls, Vermont

Jeudevine Falls, Vermont
Jeudevine Falls, Vermont

Jeudevine Falls, Vermont
a $5/person donation was suggested in 2017

Jeudevine Falls, Vermont
the trail to Jeudevine Falls

Jeudevine Falls, Vermont
Jeudevine Falls, Vermont

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  • 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.
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  • 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

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  • Top 25 Day Hikes in New England = link
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  • 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

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  • 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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