Buttermilk Falls (Ludlow)
Ludlow, VT

RATING: 4.0/5.0

Buttermilk Falls (Ludlow)
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STATE: Vermont
COUNTY: Windsor County
TOWN: Ludlow
PARK: N/A
TYPE: Horsetails and cascades
HEIGHT: Lower falls is 8 feet; middle falls is 20 feet; upper falls is 15 feet
WATER SOURCE: Branch Brook
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.2 mile to visit all three falls
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy side of moderate to visit all three falls
HIKING TIME: 10 minutes to visit all three falls
ALTITUDE GAIN: +25 feet to visit all three falls
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year Round
SWIMMING: Outstanding
DELORME ATLAS: Page 30, J-4 (marked)
HANDICAP ACCESS: No
INCLUDED IN BOOK: Yes (Included in 2nd Edition of book as a full chapter)
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes
COST TO VISIT: Free
ALTERNATE NAMES: None Noted

THE FALLS:

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.


TRAIL INFORMATION:

Trail information for this particular waterfall is not posted online. Please see trail information in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls.


DIRECTIONS:

Directions for this particular waterfall are not posted online. Please see directions in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls.


SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:

None.




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