Abs Mag:


 Beisel Rating:

1.65 (Class 2)


67 feet

 Tallest Drop:

16 feet

 # of Drops:





Robbins Branch






USGS Bread Loaf 7 1/2"


Aerial Photography


33 D13



The main drops from below, click to enlarge

The upper portion of the main drop from the middle of the falls, click to enlarge



Hancock , Addison County, VT , USA


No Known Alternate Names



The main drops from below



The first time I went searching for Bailey Falls, I had my unfortunate brother John in tow. I made my best guess according to the original Vermont Gazetteer, a book with great information, but often incorrectly located points of interest. We parked and scaled the riverbank, more like a thriving illegal dumping area. I absolutely despise people who practice this vulgar habit. We made our way to the river and proceeded upstream. Alas, I had guessed incorrectly. We found one small waterfall that day. It was neat enough, a 6 foot tall sort of lightning bolt shaped crack in a rock face through which the stream fell. Not neat enough to justify the hell we endured fighting the ravenous hordes of starving mosquitos. We quickly grew faint with blood loss and ran like crazy. I felt like the guy in the old OFF commercials. Actually, I was using Cutter which was obviously impotent! The next time I went searching for Bailey Falls, I went in early spring before the leaves came out. Surely enough, there it was, just several hundred feet past where my brother and I gave up. Bailey Falls is a good waterfall, streaming down a gnarled schist rock face. The falls are 3 main tiers drops interspersed with sloping cascades and some gravelly stretches. A few hundred feet upstream from the brink of the main drop is another 10 foot cascade into a shallow pool.


Geology and Bedrock Structure:

The bedrock is a twisted and distorted Precambrian Schist.




Photography Notes:

The falls face northeast. They are fairly open, although the lowest tier is heavily shaded. Overcast days are best, and polarizing and warming filters are advised. A zoom lens can definitely be helpful here as the terrain is less than conducive to easy movement from place to place.



The falls are very close to the bottom of the Middlebury Ski Bowl on the Hancock side of Middlebury Gap. Park in the small turn-off on Route 125, cross the river on a footbridge, go about .1 mile up the ski trail, turn left into the woods, listen, and you are there. Access to the base of the falls is a bit steep and tricky. An easier way to get to the base of the falls would be to wade downstream in the stream that goes under the footbridge, and wade up the tributary that comes in on your right, the base of the falls are only a couple of hundred feet upstream.