Glen Falls is a spectacular waterfall located in Fairlee, Vermont. The waterfall has a total height of about 75 feet and can be found along Glen Falls Brook. Glen Falls Brook is a pretty seasonal water source. It often flows strongest during spring when the snow melts and after heavy rainstorms. Considering the water flow is often greatest in the spring, the months of April, May, and June are recommended for visitors hoping to see the falls in peak conditions. That said, Glen Falls is a great spot to visit year-round.
The waterfall itself drops in a unique formation consisting of a plunge and many cascades. The highlight of the waterfall is a stunning 25-foot plunge. There’s a small circular pool at the base of this falls which is quite picturesque. This pool is pretty shallow, but young children and dogs could have fun splashing around in the pool on hot summer days.
Accessing the waterfall is extremely easy. The waterfall is located in the Fairlee Town Forest which features 1,500+ acres and an extensive trail system. Visitors can park in a good-sized lot off Lake Morey Road and then hike about a fifth of a mile to the falls. The trail leading to the waterfall is the Cross Rivendell Trail.
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 Fairlee Town Forest. Ultimately, the hike out and back to the waterfall is just 0.40 miles and features 170 feet of elevation gain.
- Height: 75 feet in total (tallest single drop is a 25-foot plunge)
- Type: Plunge and cascades
- Water Source: Glen Falls Brook
- Swimming: Poor