Hamilton Falls is an incredible 5-star-rated waterfall located in Jamaica, Vermont. The waterfall has a total height of about 125 feet and it can be found along Cobb Brook. Cobb Brook features pretty good water flow year-round, but the watershed truly peaks during the spring when the snow thaw occurs. For this reason, it is best to visit Hamilton Falls during the months of April, May, and June to see them truly roaring. That said, any day is a good day to visit Hamilton Falls!
The waterfall itself drops in a unique formation consisting of horsetails and slides. At the base of the falls is a wonderful pool which is pretty deep and clear. It is often considered to be a good swimming hole. Some people have swum at the pothole at the top of the falls, but this is not allowed anymore after several deaths occurred. If you’re looking to swim, stick to the lower falls.
Accessing the waterfall is super easy and well worth the walk. The waterfall is located in the Hamilton Falls Natural Area which features a well-marked trail system. Visitors can park along Windham Road at the trailhead and then hike the Hamilton Falls Trail for a quarter-mile 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. Ultimately, the journey out and back to the waterfall is a half mile and features just 90 feet of elevation gain.
- Height: Approximately 125 feet
- Type: Horsetails and slides
- Water Source: Cobb Crook
- Swimming: Good at the pool at the base of the falls