Quechee Gorge
Hartford, VT

RATING: 2.0/5.0

Quechee Gorge
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STATE: Vermont
COUNTY: Windsor County
TOWN: Hartford
PARK: Quechee Gorge State Park
TYPE: Mill Pond Falls is a horsetail; cascades are inside Quechee Gorge
HEIGHT: Mill Pond Falls is 30 feet
WATER SOURCE: Ottauquechee River
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.3 mile to Mill Pond Falls or 0.4 mile to bottom of the gorge; 1.4 miles for entire tour of gorge
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy
HIKING TIME: 10 minutes to Mill Pond Falls; 60 minutes for entire tour of gorge
ALTITUDE GAIN: Up 25 feet, down 25 feet to Mill Pond Falls; down 200 feet, up 200 feet for entire tour of gorge
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year Round
SWIMMING: Poor
DELORME ATLAS: Page 31, C-11 (marked)
HANDICAP ACCESS: Yes (visible from highway bridge over river)
INCLUDED IN BOOK: Yes (Included in 2nd Edition of book as a full chapter)
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes
COST TO VISIT: Free
ALTERNATE NAMES: Mill Pond Falls, Dewey's Mill

THE FALLS:

?Vermont?s Little Grand Canyon? is the phrase thrown around to describe the mile-long Quechee Gorge. While you really cannot compare the gorge here to the mile deep, 277-mile long Grand Canyon in Arizona, it is impressive compared to all others in New England. You can overlook the entire gorge from the VT 4 highway bridge. From the bridge, it is jaw-dropping 165 feet to the river below. This provides quite a scenic and wild view of the shallow valley that the Ottauquechee River has cut its way through. As for a waterfall or a set of cascades, you cannot really see either from the bridge without a pair of binoculars. By following the network of trails that parallels the river downstream, you can get a closer inspection of the small cascades within the gorge. If you are looking for major waterfalls, you will not find any within the gorge?you have to hike to the head of the gorge where you will find a waterfall flowing below a dam, called Mill Pond Falls, but occasionally referred to as Dewey?s Mill. This falls is a horsetail that very few visitors to the gorge bother to find. It is neither powerful nor scenic, but it helps conclude a fine trip to Quechee Gorge, Vermont longest and most famous gorge.


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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