This is one of the Best waterfalls in the Northeast

 Magnitude:

32

 Abs Mag:

38

 Beisel Rating:

0.28 (Class 1)

 Height:

30 feet

 Tallest Drop:

30 feet

 # of Drops:

1

 Type:

fan

 Stream:

Deer Hollow Brook

 Latitude:

44.0181

 Longitude:

72.8503

 Maps:

USGS Warren 7 1/2"

 

Aerial Photography

 Delormes:

34 A1

 

 

The falls from the middle of the brook below, click to enlarge

The falls from below in moderate water, click to enlarge

The falls in very high water from the edge of Route 100, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

 

 

Granville , Addison County, VT , USA

 

No Known Alternate Names

 

 

The falls from the middle of the brook below

 

Details:

The is likely the most photogenic waterfall in the state of Vermont. While others are taller or greater in volume, this waterfall has a grace and style that can't be matched. Deer Hollow Brook shoots through a narrow rocky gap and leaps over a roughly hewn wall of schist. The texture of the rock wall directs the waters in many graceful streams in periods of low to moderate water. There is a large sign adjacent to the falls that gives details of several injuries and fatalities that have occurred at the falls. Although the sign doesn't say this, there are two primary reasons why this waterfall is as dangerous as it is. 1) The easy roadside access makes this a waterfall that receives a fair amount of visitors. The more visitors you have, the more mishaps are likely to result. Indeed, the most dangerous waterfalls I've been to have never had an accident as they are rarely visited. 2) Many of the visitors to the falls are incidental travelers looking to stretch their legs. Inappropriate footwear in steep terrain is an accident waiting to happen. The natural temptation at a waterfall is to see if there is anything more to see. I've gone up Deer Hollow Brook until it was a trickle. While it does tumble and cascade, there aren't any falls. Save your effort, and possibly your skin.

 

Geology and Bedrock Structure:

The falls adorn a rocky face composed of the Granville member of the Pinney Hollow Schist.

 

History:

 

Photography Notes:

This is the most photogenic waterfall in the state of Vermont. You'll want to take an art shot here...every photographer who comes here does. You'll need a tripod, a polarizer, and the use of a warming filter is a matter of personal taste. If you climb over the railing (not dangerous, the terrain below the falls is easy and straightforward) and take up a position to the left of the deck, you'll have an unimpeded view of the falls. This waterfall is a delightful slow shutter study. The falls face southeast and are in a deep valley. The sun tends to be an issue from the late morning until the mid-afternoon. Overcast days are ideal, but the sun won't ruin photography here, if you allow for the time. Normal focal lengths are sufficient to the task, 28-80mm is adequate.

 

Directions:

Moss Glen Falls is clearly visible on the west side of Route 100 a little more than 3 miles north of the village of Granville. There is a fairly large parking area a few hundred feet north of the falls. The falls are reached by crossing the footbridge and walking for a few hundred feet down a path to the deck in front of the falls. On the way, you'll pass Little Moss Glen Falls.