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: -72.85

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Moss Glen Falls was actually one of two waterfalls by the same name in the state of Vermont that happened to be the only two waterfalls we visited in the state during our 2013 trip to New England. This particular waterfall was near the town of Granville, VT so that was the only way we could differentiate between the two waterfalls when it came to how we referred to them.

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 (which took us about 6 hours though we did make a few stops along the way including 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, and the scenery around the falls also featured this explosion of color.

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 ease of access also made this a nice place to let our daughter walk hand-in-hand with us, which 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). 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, and the path led onto a somewhat open area by the creek right in front of the falls and its attractive pool.

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. It did seem like there were trails of use in the past that went closer to it, but the boardwalk infrastructure that was put in place seemed to discourage (or at least hide) that path so we didn’t see anyone try to get a closer look.

Moss_Glen_Falls_Granville_006_09302013 - The roadside car park by the VT-100
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 car park
Moss_Glen_Falls_Granville_048_09302013 - Buried deep upstream from this small brook was the other hidden waterfall that we could hear but barely see
Moss_Glen_Falls_Granville_011_09302013 - The walkway leading to the wooden viewing deck
Moss_Glen_Falls_Granville_035_09302013 - This was the view of Moss Glen Falls from the viewing deck
Moss_Glen_Falls_Granville_021_09302013 - This was the view of the Moss Glen Falls from below the viewing deck
Moss_Glen_Falls_Granville_043_09302013 - Julie and Tahia checking out Moss Glen Falls
Moss_Glen_Falls_Granville_049_09302013 - Heading back to the car park where there was also someone selling locally-yielded maple syrup
Ben_and_Jerrys_Waterbury_014_09302013 - The Ben and Jerry's Factory in Waterbury, VT was a totally spontaneous stop, but both Julie and our daughter thoroughly enjoyed eating some of the goodies that were here

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As mentioned earlier, we stopped by this waterfall 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.

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 car park 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 car park for the falls on the right. Waterbury was noteworthy because apparently one of the main Ben and Jerry’s factories was based here.

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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