Moss Glen Falls (Granville)

White Mountain National Forest / Granville, Vermont, USA

About Moss Glen Falls (Granville)


Hiking Distance: almost roadside
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Date first visited: 2013-09-30
Date last visited: 2013-09-30

Waterfall Latitude: 44.01822
Waterfall Longitude: -72.85029

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Moss Glen Falls was actually one of two waterfalls by the same name in the state of Vermont, but this one was near the town of Granville.

By some weird coincidence, they were the only two waterfalls we visited in Vermont during our 2013 trip to New England so their neighboring towns were the only way we could differentiate between them.

Moss_Glen_Falls_Granville_018_09302013 - Moss Glen Falls near Granville, VT
Moss Glen Falls near Granville, VT

Quirkiness in nomenclature aside, we welcomed the break to visit this roadside waterfall after engaging in a very long drive from North Adams, MA to Stowe, VT.

This drive ended up taking us about 6 hours though we did make a few stops along the way, which included this one.

Befitting of the rural countryside drive in this part of the States was that our visit seemed to have coincided with the peak of Autumn colors.

Therefore, the scenery around Moss Glen Falls was further accentuated by this explosion of color.

Moss_Glen_Falls_Granville_011_09302013 - The short walk leading to the lookout for Moss Glen Falls
The short walk leading to the lookout for Moss Glen Falls

Moss Glen Falls was said to be about 50ft tall, and it had a rounded shape and character to it that made it very easy to take long exposure photographs.

In fact, when we first walked to the viewing deck at the end of the very short two-minute walk, we saw at least a couple of people who brought their photographic equipment given how easy it was to access.

The short trail also made this a nice place to let our daughter walk hand-in-hand with us.

This, in turn, made this a very popular stop as it seemed like there wasn’t a time when the lookout area was empty (at least that was what we noticed during our visit, which was on a Friday at high noon in October).

Moss_Glen_Falls_Granville_021_09302013 - Direct look at the Moss Glen Falls after scrambling past the official lookout
Direct look at the Moss Glen Falls after scrambling past the official lookout

When it got a bit crowded at the overlook, we noticed a well-used informal trail that went around the wooden railings between the boardwalk and the highway.

This informal path led onto a somewhat open area by the Deer Hollow Brook right in front of the falls and its attractive pool (see photo immediately above).

Near the start of the short walk by one of the interpretive signs closer to the roadside car park, we also noticed a smaller waterfall.

This one was hiding deep in a more shadowy cove fronted by many trees so it didn’t photograph very well.

Moss_Glen_Falls_Granville_048_09302013 - Looking upstream towards a hard-to-see side waterfall near the Moss Glen Falls, but it's too overgrown to see it well
Looking upstream towards a hard-to-see side waterfall near the Moss Glen Falls, but it’s too overgrown to see it well

It did seem like there were trails of use in the past that went closer to it, but the boardwalk infrastructure that was currently in place seemed to discourage (or at least hide) that path.

Thus, we didn’t see anyone try to get a closer look.

Authorities

Moss Glen Falls resides near Granville and Warren in Addison County, Vermont. To my knowledge, it doesn’t appear to be administered by a reserve or official government entity. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit the Granville Community website.

Moss_Glen_Falls_Granville_008_09302013 - Walking past an opportunistic maple syrup stand parked by the short trail leading to the Moss Glen Falls
Moss_Glen_Falls_Granville_050_09302013 - This was the start of the boardwalk to the viewing deck for Moss Glen Falls at one end of the parking area
Moss_Glen_Falls_Granville_033_09302013 - Julie and Tahia checking out the Moss Glen Falls from the fringes of its plunge pool
Moss_Glen_Falls_Granville_035_09302013 - Another look at the Moss Glen Falls from the viewing deck
Moss_Glen_Falls_Granville_043_09302013 - Last look at Julie and Tahia before the Moss Glen Falls before heading back to the car
Moss_Glen_Falls_Granville_049_09302013 - Heading back to the car where there was also someone selling locally-yielded maple syrup by the Moss Glen Falls

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As mentioned earlier, we stopped by Moss Glen Falls as part of a very long drive between North Adams, MA and Stowe, VT.

In particular, we followed a 56-mile stretch of the VT-100 highway that left the US Route 4 at Killington (about 10.5 miles east of the US 4 and US 7 junction in the town of Rutland) and continued north towards the I-89 by Waterbury, VT.

Moss_Glen_Falls_Granville_003_09302013 - Beautiful tree-lined road seen on the way north to Moss Glen Falls
Beautiful tree-lined road seen on the way north to Moss Glen Falls

The town of Granville was about 27 miles north of Killington along the VT-100, and Moss Glen Falls was a little under 3 miles further north of Granville.

The obvious roadside pullout or parking area was on the west side (left side heading north) of the road.

Coming from the other direction near the I-89 and VT-100 junction by the Duxbury Town side of Waterbury, it was about 26 miles south to reach the roadside parking for the falls on the right.

Waterbury was noteworthy because apparently one of the main Ben and Jerry’s factories was based here.

Moss_Glen_Falls_Granville_006_09302013 - Looking back across the parking area for Moss Glen Falls by the VT-100
Looking back across the parking area for Moss Glen Falls by the VT-100

To give you some geographical context, Stowe was 23 miles (30 minutes drive) northwest of Montepelier, 176 miles (over 3 hours drive) north of North Adams, MA, 112 miles (2.5 hours drive) southeast of Montreal, QC, Canada, and 199 miles (over 3 hours drive) northwest of Boston, MA.

Left-to-right upside-down T-shaped sweep of the falls

Tagged with: granville, white mountain, national forest, addison, vermont, ben and jerrys, waterfall, new england, waterbury



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