Clarendon Gorge (Upper Falls)
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||Appalachian Trail National Scenic Trail
||8-foot total drop
|WHEN TO VISIT:
||Not Possible and/or Prohibited
||Page 29, G-13 (marked)
|INCLUDED IN BOOK:
||Yes (Included in appendix with limited information)
|COST TO VISIT:
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What makes this waterfall special is the uber-shaky public-use suspension bridge. This 30-foot long bridge resides directly above the small cascades that can be seen here within Clarendon Gorge.
This gorge is a popular swimming hole with deep yellow/green pools. All 8 feet of the small cascades are best seen by walking down the many paths after you cross the bridge. There are many potholes and plenty of large rocks to sit on and bask in the sun. The river is beautiful due to its width, and there is surprisingly low water volume for its size. The main reason one would come to this waterfall is to enjoy the scenic river, crossing the bridge, and to spend some time with the family, having a picnic and swimming. As just waterfall, we cannot give a high recommendation for these cascades. However, the rest of the surroundings add to the overall rating of this visit. For added enjoyment of the area, visit the lower falls, accessible by a different parking trailhead.
The trail used to access the gorge is the combined Appalachian Trail/Long Trail. From the parking area, walk past the trail billboard and immediately descend into the woods. Follow the white-marked trails for 0.1 mile and you will reach a shaky suspension bridge over the gorge. From the gorge, you can see all the small cascades and the deep gorge walls. It is possible to scramble down to the base of the gorge to the popular swimming hole under the bridge.
From the junction of VT 103 and US 7 in Clarendon, take VT 103 east. Travel on VT 103 east for 2.3 miles and take a right into the ?Appalachian/Long Trail? parking lot. Take note that the VT 103 sign on US 7 is marked ?east? and the highway is marked ?south? once you begin traveling on it. To get to Clarendon, take US-7 south from Rutland or US-7 north from Manchester.
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