Abs Mag:


 Beisel Rating:



18 feet

 Tallest Drop:

18 feet

 # of Drops:





Beaver Brook






USGS Middlebury 7 1/2"


Aerial Photography


32 A6



The falls from below, click to enlarge

A high water photo courtesy of Ed Bell, click to enlarge



Weybridge , Addison County, VT , USA


No Known Alternate Names



The falls from below



Bittersweet Falls was an unforeseen discovery. I was thumbing through the excellent De Lorme Vermont Gazetteer and saw a road called Bittersweet Falls road. 'Nuff said. The first time I visited the falls, there was almost no water. The falls face west, and the full strength of the afternoon sun reduced photography an exercise in futility, just a series of hotspots. A few months later, on an afternoon with lots of ominous clouds, I shot the falls. Again, there is very little water. I think this only flows after a downpour, or for about an hour or two during spring thaw. The drainage area seems to be about the size of a postage stamp. Upstream from the falls, the streamlet has managed to carve a fairly impressive gorge in a layer of slate, whereas the falls themselves are over a marble ledge. The stone in the riverbed is a surprisingly diverse collection of colored marble and flat slate pieces. In July of 2006, I received some email photos of the falls during a period of extreme water. Frankly, I wouldn't have believed this water level to be possible, but photos simply don't lie. Thanks to Ed Bell for providing a stunning high water portrayal of the falls!


Geology and Bedrock Structure:

The rock here is comprised of the Chipman Formation (marble and dolomite), and there is a small gorge upstream that cuts through a layer of black slate.




Photography Notes:

The falls face west, so the sun can pose big problems. Afternoon photography is out of the question. Go either in the morning, or on an overcast day. There will be a lot of glare on the wet rocks, so a polarizer is necessary. The colors here tend to be warm, so a warming filter isn't necessary. The falls typically have low flow, which makes a tripod a must. A focal length of about 50mm will be adequate for most any shot you'll make here.



From Middlebury, go north on Route 23 to Weybridge Hill. In Weybridge Hill, turn left on James Road, then right on Bittersweet Falls Road. At the base of the hill, there is a wide spot in the road. The falls are visible from here.