This is one of the Best waterfalls in the Northeast

 Magnitude:

43

 Abs Mag:

51

 Beisel Rating:

1.71 (Class 2)

 Height:

125 feet

 Tallest Drop:

75 feet

 # of Drops:

4

 Type:

tiered

 Stream:

Moss Glen Brook

 Latitude:

44.4826

 Longitude:

72.6247

 Maps:

USGS Mount Worcester 7 1/2"

 

Aerial Photography

 Delormes:

46 G6

 

 

The falls from the overlook in moderately high water, click to enlarge

A telephoto view of the second tier and the top of the lower tier, click to enlarge

The lower tier from downstream, click to enlarge

A shot from the base of the falls, click to enlarge

A shot from the base of the falls, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

 

 

Stowe , Lamoille County, VT , USA

 

No Known Alternate Names

 

 

The falls from the overlook in moderately high water

 

Details:

Compared to most other waterfalls in Vermont, this is a heavyweight. Moss Glen Brook flows through a sunny open area of mixed forest and meadow. The stream takes a sudden turn into a narrow confined gorge. The stream goes over several small falls and cascades then makes a 20 foot drop into a pool at the head of the last drop. The total drop is around 125 feet making this one of the largest drops in the state. Most of the cascades in the gorge are inaccessible, unless you have rappelling gear. The gorge here is between 40 and 80' in depth. Some years there are Peregrine Falcons nesting in the cliff adjacent to the falls.

 

Geology and Bedrock Structure:

This waterfall cuts a deep gorge through, then drops over the face of the Stowe Schist Formation (Schist, Greenstone, Amphibolite).

 

History:

The falls were once used as a source of waterpower. A wooden penstock once came down the right hand side of the falls, and there was a 10' dam in the narrows below the falls. There is some evidence of the dam, a few square holes in the rock wall on the left side of the river, and a curious narrow band of chiseled stair-steps on the opposite wall. There is no evidence of the penstock. Indeed, this waterfall has completely regained its wild character.

 

Photography Notes:

Check out the different angles. The falls from below bear no resemblance to the falls from above. Both points of view are highly photogenic. You'll want a polarizer, warming filter, and tripod. The falls are in a rocky chasm that opens to the west. This means that the sun will kiss the top of the falls. Overcast days or early mornings are ideal here. A wide range of focal lengths will be helpful here. I use a 28-300mm lens. Since parts of the falls are inaccessible, the use of a zoom lens will bring those parts of the falls within visual reach.

 

Directions:

Take Route 100 north out of Stowe village. In about 3 miles, take a right on Randolph Road, then another right on Moss Glen Falls Road. Just before the road makes a sharp right turn across the brook, park in the lot straight ahead. The trail to the falls is very obvious. When you come to the point where the trail begins to steepen, a small trail leads to the right. This leads to the base of the falls. You have a good side view of the bottom of the falls. Should you take the trail up the hill, you come to a sudden straight on view of the falls. The trail continues past this overlook and traverses the rim of the gorge. You'll reach the top end of the gorge in about 1/4 mile.