Warren Falls
Warren, VT

RATING: 3.5/5.0

Warren Falls
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STATE: Vermont
COUNTY: Washington County
TOWN: Warren
PARK: Green Mountain National Forest
TYPE: Plunges
HEIGHT: 20-foot total drop
WATER SOURCE: Mad River
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.1 mile
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy to initial viewpoints; easy side of moderate to base of falls
HIKING TIME: 5 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: -20 feet
WHEN TO VISIT: Year Round
SWIMMING: Outstanding
DELORME ATLAS: Page 39, J-14 (unmarked)
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: Carleton Falls



THE FALLS:

The Mad River harbors a collection of first-class swimming holes, including our absolute favorite in Vermont, Warren Falls. We have had the pleasure of swimming in dozens of waterfalls in the state, and this one is simply unmatched in our opinion. The pools below the falls are spacious and full of clear green-tinted water. Cliff jumping is a true past-time here, and you would be hard-pressed to find a safer spot to partake in this activity. Of course, this sport always carries a high degree of risk, so use caution if you decide to join the conga-line of jumpers.
         The falls themselves, a series of several small plunges, are not particularly exciting and, as a result, are mostly overshadowed by the allure of the pools. Our original guidebook made no mention of Warren Falls or its pools because it only recently surfaced in our research. Although it is certainly not a private or secluded place, the falls would likely be exponentially more popular if there was actually sign on the highway indicating its location. We ponder if the U.S. Forest Service intentionally leaves the parking pull off unmarked to keep the falls in their natural state and the area clean. Despite the crowds that are still likely to be here on weekends, there is always enough room for all to savor this jewel of an attraction.


TRAIL INFORMATION:

Please see trail information in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting information via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are interested in.


DIRECTIONS:

Please see directions in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting directions via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are looking for directions to.


SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:

Check www.511vt.com to make sure that VT 100 is open. This highway was severely affected by Hurricane Irene and there may be closures in effect through Spring 2012 (or potentially even longer than that).




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