Moss Glen Falls


Moss Glen Falls in Stowe, Vermont is the tallest waterfall in Vermont and is often considered to be the greatest. The 125-foot waterfall is conveniently located just a 5-minute drive from Stowe’s historic Main Street. The waterfall itself can be found along Moss Glen Brook. The brook featured pretty good water flow year-round but is most powerful during the spring when snow is melting. Although visiting during the spring is recommended to see the waterfall at full force, Moss Glen Falls in Stowe is a great place to visit year-round.

The waterfall itself drops in a unique formation. It consists of plunges, horsetails, and a fan. Many photographers love setting up tripods and capturing long-exposure shots of the roaring waterfall.

When it comes to getting to the waterfall, parking and hiking are relatively easy. There is a large dirt lot along Moss Glen Road where visitors can park for the waterfall. The trail signage is poor, but it is easy to find by following the brook upstream from the parking lot to the falls. Hikers can either proceed left up the tougher root-filled climb to reach a great spot for taking photos of the falls straight on. There is also an easier option to go right and follow the river’s outer edge to the base of the falls. Once reaching the waterfall, it is important to be cautious of loose debris at the trail’s edge, which can be slick and dangerous. In total, the trail to the waterfall is 0.5 miles out and back and it is rated as moderate.

Dogs are allowed on Moss Glen Falls Trail on leashes.


Waterfall Specs

  • Height: 125-foot total drop
  • Type: Plunge, horsetail, and a fan
  • Water source: Moss Glen Brook
  • Swimming: Poor swimming

Moss Glen Falls Location

  • Park: C. C. Putnam State Forest, Burt Hollow Block
  • Address: Moss Glen Falls Rd
  • Town: Stowe
  • State: Vermont
  • GPS: Lat 44.48245 Lng -72.62449
  • Parking Notes: There is a dirt parking area on the side of Moss Glen Falls Rd at the waterfall trailhead. There is space for about a dozen cars and parking is free.
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE


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