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Hike to Bingham Falls

Stowe, Vermont

4.0/5
based on 5 reviews

Details

Distance

0.5 miles

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Lisa Groene

Bingham Falls is an easy, short hike that leads to a set of cascading falls. There are many great vantage points for photography andswimming holes located above and below the falls make for a refreshing cool off on a hot summer day.

Hiking to Bingham Falls is rewarding for many reasons; people not only come to see the falls, but also to swim in the refreshing, icy cold swimming holes as well. The main falls are tucked away along the walls of a deep, rocky gorge that has been formed naturally over time. At the base of these falls lies large pools of teal colored water perfect for taking a dip on a hot summer's day. The trail that leads to the falls is short and relatively flat (half a mile one way). If you wish to explore the second set of lower falls, make sure you have reliable footwear; the descent to the base of the lower falls is rocky and the boulders are (more often than not) wet and slippery. Our visit here was in the autumn so it was too cold for swimming; but should you decide to go for a dip, use caution and be aware of the possible strong river currents.

Bingham Falls are also great for photography; make sure you bring your camera and tripod!

To get to the trailhead leading to the falls, look for the pull-offs on Route 108 just south of Smuggler's Notch State Park. The entrance to the trailhead will be on the east side of the highway. Finding the trailhead can be tricky if you're not looking for the pull-offs; signs for the trail are somewhat tucked back into the woods a bit from the trailhead entrance.

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Features

Chillin
Photography
Swimming
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic
Waterfall
Swimming Hole

Reviews

Bingham Falls draws a crowd in the summer, and there is often trash along the trail. Still, if you can visit early in the morning, it's a beautiful, peaceful spot that is 100% worth visiting. Bring your swimsuit in the summer - it's a great spot for cliff jumping.

Fun

I visited Bingham Falls in the summer with my family. We brought our swimsuits and walked the short distance down to the falls. It was very crowded with other swimmers that day and the rocks are slippery- so use caution especially if you have small children. The water was (as expected) chilly, but it was lots of fun! Some people brought towels and were sunbathing on the rocks.

The walk up the the falls is so short if almost shouldn't be considered a hike, but the falls are very nice. The layout is such that there's a great view directly across from the falls or you can wade into the falls below. A great activity for a picnic & dip on a hot day!

A better view of the swimming hole and falls

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Explore Smugglers' Notch

Hike Mt. Mansfield via the Long Trail

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