Magnitude:

17

 Abs Mag:

28

 Beisel Rating:

4.34 (Class 5)

 Height:

30 feet

 Tallest Drop:

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 # of Drops:

1

 Type:

cascade

 Stream:

Williams River

 Latitude:

43.2083

 Longitude:

72.5172

 Maps:

USGS Saxtons River 7 1/2"

 

Aerial Photography

 Delormes:

27 G8

 

 

The falls taken from the railroad trestle, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

 

 

Rockingham , Windham County, VT , USA

 

No Known Alternate Names

 

 

The falls taken from the railroad trestle

 

Details:

The Williams River drops over a dam, then down a jagged rocky outcropping before making a sharp right turn into a 90' deep gorge. The best view of the falls is to be had from the edge of the cliff opposite the falls. In order to get there, you have to cross the railroad bridge over the 90' deep gorge. This is somewhat daunting, illegal, and the danger of encountering a train is possible, so I'll advise people not to do this. If you choose to disregard my advice, the area from which the best view of the falls can be had is quite treacherous. Please use extreme caution. The view from the bridge is also good, but this is also illegal, and there are no railings. A fall from the bridge would almost certainly be fatal.

 

Geology and Bedrock Structure:

The falls drop over the Standing Pond Member of the Waits River Formation (schist and phyllite)

 

History:

The falls were once known as Lawrence Mills.

 

Photography Notes:

This is not a particularly photogenic falls. The best view is from the trestle. Lots of wet rocks make a polarizer valuable, and a tripod would also prove helpful. The color tones here are quite warm, I might almost recommend a cooling filter. A 50mm lens should suffice.

 

Directions:

From the intersection of Routes 5 and 103, drive about 3 1/4 miles north on Route 103 and look for Brockways Mills Road on the right. Park by the bridge. The falls are just below.