Abs Mag:


 Beisel Rating:

4.85 (Class 5)


50 feet

 Tallest Drop:

30 feet

 # of Drops:





Wells River






USGS Woodsville 7 1/2"


Aerial Photography


42 G4



The lower tier from below, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge



Boltonville , Orange County, VT , USA


No Known Alternate Names



The lower tier from below



This is (or perhaps once was) a powerful 30' drop on the Wells River. This waterfall has been dammed for waterpower for well over 100 years. The current owners of the adjacent property have converted the powerhouse into a small cottage below the falls. Since the pen-stock is in pristine condition, and the dam upstream of the falls is still in working condition, I am led to believe that hydropower is a viable issue at this waterfall. The owners have not posted this property (although the last time I visited this falls was in November of 2003) and for this, I salute them. The falls flow over a series of small cascades below the dam, then drop sharply over a steep wall of rock into a shallow pool. The hardness of the bedrock has precluded much water sculpture.


Geology and Bedrock Structure:

The bedrock here is the Albee Formation, a schistose phyllite.




Photography Notes:

The best views are from below. The property may or may not be posted, so pay heed. If the property is accessible, the standard camera accessories (tripod, polarizer, and warming filter) should all come in handy. 50mm will be about right for the falls.



Take Route 302 to Boltonville, just west of I-91. Cross the river, and the falls are beneath you.