Shelburne Falls (Vermont)
Shelburne, VT

RATING: 1.5/5.0

Shelburne Falls (Vermont)
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STATE: Vermont
COUNTY: Chittenden County
TOWN: Shelburne
PARK: N/A
TYPE: Cascades and slides
HEIGHT: Main falls is 5 feet; 15-foot total drop
WATER SOURCE: La Platte River
TRAIL LENGTH: Less than 0.1 mile
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy
HIKING TIME: 5 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: -15 feet
WHEN TO VISIT: Year Round
SWIMMING: Good
DELORME ATLAS: Page 44, K-6 (marked)
HANDICAP ACCESS: No
INCLUDED IN BOOK: Yes (Included in appendix with limited information)
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes
COST TO VISIT: Free
ALTERNATE NAMES: None Noted

THE FALLS:

Shelburne Falls is a mediocre set of cascades and slides in a sunny, open area. The main falls, at 5-feet tall, are actually wider than they are tall. The river dumps into a shallow pool of often murky water. The angle of descent is low enough that whitewater kayakers will occasionally run over the falls. There is not a whole lot to see here, so your visit will most likely be brief.


TRAIL INFORMATION:

To get to the falls, you will have to walk down a driveway that leads downstream of the bridge. The river will be on your right as you go down the driveway. After about 250 feet, a spur trail on the right will head down to the top of the falls. You can scramble down to the base of the falls, but it can be a bit slippery. Thanks to an email we received in May of 2010, it appears as though the waterfall is fully open to the public and NOT located on private property. The walkway to the falls is along a dirt road that the town owns. Stay to the right along the road (close to the river)


DIRECTIONS:

From I-89 in Burlington, take exit 13 for I-189 west. Follow I-189 west to exit 1 for US-7. Take US-7 south for 4.7 miles and take a left onto Falls Rd. Go 0.6 miles and you will have to take a left to continue on Falls Rd. From here, go 0.3 mile further and you will cross a bridge. Find somewhere to park near here as there is no official parking area.


SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:

None.




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