Buttermilk Falls, Ludlow, VT

Buttermilk Falls, Ludlow, Vermont

We travel through Vermont frequently, and recently stayed in the Ludlow area.  Buttermilk Falls is a popular attraction there, especially in the summertime, for its beautiful falls and swimming holes.

The falls are easy to find, right off Route 103 on Buttermilk Falls Road.  As you travel down the road, you will see pull offs on the side of the road.  We arrived around 9 on a Sunday morning, and we could see cars starting to line up.

Buttermilk Falls Ludlow Vermont

There are three parts to the falls – lower, middle, and upper.  We had no trouble finding the many paths and trails meandering through the woods from the road and to each of the falls.  We went after some rain and some of the slopes and rocks were slippery, so just watch your step especially if you wear something like flip-flops (versus sturdy shoes).  While much of the terrain is easy to navigate, there are some rocks, roots, and slopes to travel over.

Buttermilk Falls Ludlow Vermont

At the beginning of the trail (the first pull-off areas closer to the bottom of the falls), there is a trailhead type kiosk where there is information about Buttermilk Falls, including a map and water testing.

The first time we went, it was early July 2017 and there had just been a rainstorm the night before.  The kiosk sign recommends not entering the water 24 hours after there is heavy rain because of elevated e. coli levels.  Being that it was pretty stormy the night before, we decided against going in the water, even though we had originally planned on checking out the swimming holes.  When we returned in mid-August, the weather was in our favor and the kids did go swimming (although the water was cold!).

~ Lower Falls ~

Lower Buttermilk Falls Ludlow Vermont

~ Middle Falls ~

Buttermilk Falls, Ludlow, Vermont

~ Upper Falls ~

Buttermilk Falls, Ludlow, Vermont

The kids went swimming in the Upper Falls, and also jumped off some of the rocks on the right hand side.  My husband waded in and checked the depth and made sure it was clear to jump in before the kids went in.  The rocks are very steep to climb, so you also want to be careful about that.

Buttermilk Falls Swimming Ludlow

The distance between the falls is not far at all, so the kids had no problem walking between them, and enjoyed exploring the surrounding nature.  It was a little buggy when we were there, so plan on bringing some bug spray.

Buttermilk Falls Ludlow Vermont

The falls were very pretty and a fun place to swim, so we will definitely be back.

Buttermilk Falls Ludlow Vermont

Things to bring:

~ bug spray

~ sunscreen

~ swimsuit or shorty (wetsuit)

~ water shoes

~ camera

By | 2017-08-17T02:15:59+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Travel|9 Comments

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  1. Our Family World July 4, 2017 at 7:30 am - Reply

    This is a lovely place to take the kids hiking. If I were to choose a summer activity, I would always choose something that would take us closer to nature. Buttermilk Falls in Ludlow is a perfect destination.

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle July 4, 2017 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    What a gorgeous place! I’ve always loved to get out and about in nature, ESPECIALLY when water is involved. Those falls are absolutely stunning!

  3. Annemarie LeBlanc July 5, 2017 at 5:45 am - Reply

    The Buttermilk Falls is so pretty. I love going on nature hikes too. I get that “happy rush” when I see how beautiful nature is. Its just sad you were not able to check out the swimming holes. Oh well, at least you made a right choice to stay clear of the water rather than catch an E.Coli infection.

  4. Oyinkan Ogunleye July 5, 2017 at 6:09 am - Reply

    This view looks incredible. Too bad it’s all the way in vermont.

  5. candy July 5, 2017 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Vermont is on my list to visit. Always wanted to go in the fall, but maybe late summer would be even better after looking at all of your photos.

  6. Scott July 7, 2017 at 1:37 am - Reply

    We’ve never had the chance to visit Vermont. Have friends that live up that way, really need to make the trek!

  7. Heather July 8, 2017 at 1:17 am - Reply

    I love Vermont. We visited Burlington a few years back. I’d love to see the falls.

  8. Bonnie G July 8, 2017 at 1:36 am - Reply

    Buttermilk falls looks like a really pleasant place to visit. I haven’t been to Vermont but may visit this Summer.

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