Bristol Memorial Park Falls


Bristol Memorial Park Falls, also known as Burnham’s Falls, is a wonderful waterfall located in Bristol, Vermont. The waterfall drops about 40 feet in total and it can be found along Baldwin Creek. Baldwin Creek flows pretty well year-round. That said, the flow is often the greatest during the spring when snow is thawing. For this reason, many visitors flock to the falls during the months of March, April, and May to see the falls in full force. Ultimately, the waterfall is a wonderful place to visit year-round.

The waterfall itself drops in a unique formation consisting of plunges and horsetails. There are several different drops that make up the falls and the tallest are 10 and 15 feet. The drops can be found in a narrow gorge which adds to the beauty of the falls. Although there are small pools found through the falls, none of them permit swimming.

Accessing the waterfall is super quick and easy. The waterfall is located in Memorial Forest Park, hence its name. The park features a well-marked and well-maintained trail system. Visitors can park in the dedicated lot of VT-17 and walk just a few hundred feet down to the falls. The waterfall trail is family-friendly and a great route to get some hiking in. Dogs are also allowed on the trail and through the entirety of the park. Don’t miss out on visiting this true VT gem!


Waterfall Specs

  • Height: Approximately 40 feet in total
  • Type: Plunges and horsetails
  • Water Source: Baldwin Creek
  • Swimming: Not possible / not allowed

Bristol Memorial Park Falls Location

  • Park: Memorial Forest Park
  • Address: Drake Woods Road (VT-17)
  • Town: Bristol
  • State: Vermont
  • GPS: 44.161800, -73.019600
  • Parking Notes: There is a dedicated parking area for Bristol Memorial Park. Parking areas can be found on both sides of the road. Parking is free.
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE


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