This is one of the Best waterfalls in the Northeast

 Magnitude:

32

 Abs Mag:

42

 Beisel Rating:

2.32 (Class 3)

 Height:

75 feet

 Tallest Drop:

25 feet

 # of Drops:

4

 Type:

tiered

 Stream:

Brewster River

 Latitude:

44.6298

 Longitude:

72.8273

 Maps:

USGS Jeffersonville 7 1/2"

 

Aerial Photography

 Delormes:

46 B1

 

 

The boulder pile that hides the lower portion of the falls, click to enlarge

The uppermost drop, click to enlarge

The deep gorge from the top, click to enlarge

The falls as they typically appear during the summer months, click to enlarge

The lower end of the ice covered formation in early spring, click to enlarge

 

 

Cambridge , Lamoille County, VT , USA

 

No Known Alternate Names

 

 

The deep gorge from the top

 

Details:

The sign by the road says "Brewster River Gorge", but what's in a name? This waterfall is more boulders than waterfall, at least that is what you will see. The gorge is rather dramatic, with steep sides, open cliff faces, and among all those giant rocks you will actually see some running water. In flood this waterfall roars, but access requires a ford of the river and you can't cross this substantial river when it's running high. I shot the second photo in March of 2005, and even in moderate to slightly high waterflow (as pictured), the river was a thigh deep ford of 33 degree water. It's possible to have a glimpse of the falls through the trees on the shoulder of Route 108 above the gorge, but be careful to get your car off the travelled portion of the road, then peer over the guardrail. One way or another, it is certainly worth a visit. You enter the gorge from below. I suppose it is more of a ravine than a gorge per se, at least the lower part is. At the top, the river drops out of sight into one of the tightest clefts I've seen in a Vermont waterfall. You can't see the pothole at the base of the upper fall, you can only suspect that it is there. Below this point, the river starts crashing over, under, and between the large rocks that have presumably fallen from the sides of the gorge. The water is too busy tumbling over these rocks to make a deep pool at the base, where the best view of the falls is to be found. The total drop of the formation is probably about 75 feet. The variant name (Center Brook Falls) was the caption of an antique stereoview I've seen. In 2009, I visited the falls at perhaps the lowest level I've encountered. The falls were more or less not visible from the base as they were virtually completely hidden by the huge boulders that have collected at the base of the gorge. The water was low enough to allow me to explore the upper reaches and wade to the brink of the chasm. There is a huge stack of logs jammed into the gorge in a roughly cone-shaped (imagine the framework of a teepee constructed with full sized trees) cluster of tree trunks. It's going to take a great deal of force to blow them out of the gorge.

 

Geology and Bedrock Structure:

The falls cut through the Hazens Notch Schist and the Underhill Schist. The cleft in the upper part of the formation is only a few feet wide.

 

History:

 

Photography Notes:

Early morning and overcast days are best. The falls will have visitors on nice days, and the area at the top of the falls is a skinny dipping site, so if you see people there, show a little courtesy and leave them alone. No gawkers please. Besides, the upper falls is a short cascade and isn't very photogenic anyway. The best views of the falls are from below. You'll want a tripod, and a polarizing filter as the rocks tend to be wet from spray. Focal lengths in the 28-80mm range will probably be most useful.

 

Directions:

Starting at the intersection of Routes 15 and 108 in Jeffersonville, drive about 8/10 of a mile and turn left on Canyon Road, and park in the large lot to the right of the covered bridge portal. The old trail runs through posted property, so (if the water is at a reasonable level) you'll need to ford the river near the parking lot to a trail on the opposite side, following the white blazes. You'll hear the falls after several hundred feet.