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.
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.
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 ~
~ Middle Falls ~
~ Upper Falls ~
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.
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.
The falls were very pretty and a fun place to swim, so we will definitely be back.
Things to bring:
~ bug spray
~ swimsuit or shorty (wetsuit)
~ water shoes
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.
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!
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.
This view looks incredible. Too bad it’s all the way in vermont.
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.
We’ve never had the chance to visit Vermont. Have friends that live up that way, really need to make the trek!
I love Vermont. We visited Burlington a few years back. I’d love to see the falls.
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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this is gorgeous! we have a state park like this near us and we love it
While we love VT and have been there a number of times, I’ve never heard of this place. Maybe next time we’re in the area, we’ll visit!
This is really beautiful. However, in India I’ve heard that there is something similar like that known as Doodh sagar
What a beautiful place to visit! I have never been to Vermont but it looks like there is a lot of beautiful places to visit up that way.
This is so wonderful place to visit! Thank you for sharing this with us! I am totally in love with that falls ❤️
I love nature and all of the photos of rich vegetation are beautiful to behold. I’d love to be able to see Buttermilk Falls in person one day.
I have never heard of it. But I have always been meaning to plan a trip out to Vermont. It does look quite amazing out there. I would love to visit.
That place looks lovely. My family would have so much fun there
What a nice looking place! Its name is very interesting. I would love to visit.