Lye Brook Falls Trail

Lye Brook Falls

The trail is marked with blue blazes and enters the 18,122-acre Lye Brook Wilderness following along Lye Brook. Utilizing old logging railroad grades and old woods roads, the trail travels up a steady gradual slope. Stream crossings and areas of storm damaged trail can make some of the trail challenging, which is in keeping with Wilderness management practices. A century ago, this area had been heavily logged, with railroads, charcoal kilns, and sawmills dotting the landscape. The land has reverted back to its natural state, but those wishing to explore can still find the remains of many of these turn of the century industries. The spur trail at 1.8 miles on the right, leads to the 125-foot high Lye Brook Falls, one of the highest in Vermont. Slippery rocks make the falls extremely dangerous and climbing the falls is not recommended.

Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry out what you carry in. Trail blazing, maintenance, and signage may be minimal in Wilderness Areas.

Lye Brook Falls Trail Recreation Opportunity Guide

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No horses, mountain bikes, or motorized vehicles.
Closest Towns: Food and Services:  Manchester For all emergencies: dial 911; 911 Information: The trailhead is in the town of Manchester; Glen Rd.  Nearby Destinations:  Manchester Ranger Station; Prospect Rock.
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Route 7 in Manchester, travel about a ¼ mile east on Route 11/30 to East Manchester Road. Follow East Manchester Rd. south for about 1.0 miles and turn left onto Glen Road, just before the overpass. Follow Glen Rd. and bear right at the fork onto the Lye Brook Access Road. The trailhead is located to the east of the parking lot at the end of the Lye Brook Access Road.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

  • Hiking Trail - Average hike time3 - 4 hours round trip.
  • Length: 4.6 miles.
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Trail Partners on the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests


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4.6 miles round trip

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