Thundering Falls

  

History:The Green Mountain Club, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the National Park Service, and GreenMountain National Forest have worked on this project since the mid-1980s when they acquired a propertyeasement across the Ottauquechee flood plain. Major funding was secured by the ATC and the GreenMountain Club and Vermont Youth Conservation Corps began work in 2005.Thundering Falls provides the first universal accessible portion of the Appalachian Trail in Vermont withwheelchair accessible parking on River Road in Killington. The Thundering Falls relocation also gets ridof a dusty road walk on Thundering Brook Road, adds great views of the Ottauquechee Valley and thefalls, protects the resource, and takes advantage of flat terrain to make a stretch of the AT accessible topeople who use wheelchairs.Description:Thundering Falls is said to be the sixth tallest waterfall in Vermont. It is part of Kent Brook which flowsout of Kent Pond just north of where the AT and the Long Trail split. At high water it is a magnificentcascade as the stream tumbles 140 feet through a steep and narrow cataract. The falls are also the site of ahistoric mill powered by the energy of the falling water.Starting from the River Road parking area the AT passes through open Ottauquechee River floodplainacross 900 feet of boardwalk built by the Green Mountain Club. The trail than ascends to the fallsviewing platform via an accessible switchback and spur trail built by the Vermont Youth ConservationCorps. From here the AT continues its ascent through northern hardwood forest to Thundering Brook Road where a small parking lot can be found.

Thundering Falls Recreation Opportunity Guide

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Food and Services: Killington restaurants and fuel stations. For all Emergencies: 911; 911 Information: The facility is in the Town of Killington on River Road.
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions:

From the intersection of Vermont Route 100 & Route 4 in Killington, drive 2 miles east to an intersection with River Road on the left. From here drive 1.5 miles to a wheelchair accessible parking lot on the left.

From the intersection of Vermont Route 100 & Route 4 in Killington, drive 2.3 miles north on Vermont Route 100 to an intersection with River Road on the right. From here drive 2.5 miles to a wheelchair accessible parking lot on the right.


Activities


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Fire Danger Level: Low
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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
900 feet of boardwalk