Buttermilk Falls (Ludlow)
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||Horsetails and cascades
||Lower falls is 8 feet; middle falls is 20 feet; upper falls is 15 feet
||0.2 mile to visit all three falls
||Easy side of moderate to visit all three falls
||10 minutes to visit all three falls
||+25 feet to visit all three falls
|WHEN TO VISIT:
||Page 30, J-4 (marked)
|INCLUDED IN BOOK:
||Yes (Included in 2nd Edition of book as a full chapter)
|COST TO VISIT:
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This waterfall is one of several classic swimming holes in southern Vermont. There is a large pool below both the middle and upper falls, each being deep enough for complete submersion. The middle fall flows into a deep 25-foot wide pool of clear, olive green tinted water. Later in the season, a twist of water, which wraps itself around a slightly wetted boulder, adds character to what is usually a typical plunge throwing itself over the ledge during times of high water volume.
The upper falls is a segmented horsetail, with the right fall being the predominant one. The left horsetail is only strong during the spring or after heavy rain flow. In general this horsetail is more steep and slightly taller being 15 feet whereas the right horsetail is about 12 feet in height. Both streams of water flow into another large swimming pool with clear water and a pebble covered bottom. These waterfalls should be visited both in spring and later on in the summer as you will experience two different personalities of the falls.
The lower falls, a set of cascades 8 feet tall, lacks a pool of any real significance, but is considerably less crowded than the two falls above.
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