We went on a road trip this summer to explore a bunch of waterfalls in Vermont. We had heard the Warren Falls is supposed to be one of the best waterfalls for exploring and swimming in the area, so it was among the top on our list.
Warren Falls is located in Central Vermont off Route 100. We used Google Maps to get there, and had no problem finding the falls. There is a well-marked parking lot and a decent number of parking spots – maybe 15-20. We arrived midday and had to wait for a spot, but it wasn’t too long before someone left. There are signs that warn you to park in designated spots only.
There is a trailhead at the parking lot with information.
Walking from the parking lot to the falls is not far. The parking area is closer to the larger, upper part of the falls. You can just about see the river from the trails, so it isn’t much of a walk.
We wandered around a bit, deciding where we wanted to start off.
On a hot summer day, the falls were busy. I would recommend if you are going on a hot day, and especially on the weekends, get there early!
Despite the crowds, we started exploring and found several places to swim.
The water is beautiful, and there are places to swim out or jump in.
My daughter had a blast jumping in off the cliffs. We are always very careful about this, making sure the water is deep enough and doesn’t have any branches or other obstacles in it.
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For younger kids, there are plenty of shallow areas and “potholes” amongst the rocks.
The kids had fun swimming around in the pools.
There are lots of spots to climb, just be careful and watch your step and be careful on the rocks.
The kids also enjoyed swimming where the water creates a bubbly pool.
We have been to many swimming holes, and the water was nice here. Even in late August, the water levels were still sufficient for plenty of jumping in and swimming.
It started to clear out a little in the afternoon.
These photos don’t capture just how beautiful it is around Warren Falls.
After swimming for a couple hours, we relaxed and dried out, exploring the lower falls.
What a great place to visit and swim. I definitely recommend Warren Falls, and would suggest getting there early on hot summer days!
I recommend “Waterfalls of New England”, which was a great resource this summer, and helped us on our journey to see lots of waterfalls.
All of the Vermont waterfalls/swimming holes we have visited:
Bristol Falls Swimming Hole, Bristol, VT
Bittersweet Falls, Weybridge, VT
Buttermilk Falls, Ludlow, VT
Falls of Lana, Salisbury, VT
Moss Glen Falls, Granville, VT
Pikes Falls, Jamaica, VT
Thundering Brook Falls, VT
Twenty Foot Hole, Reading, VT
Warren Falls, Warren, VT