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Vermont foliage disappointing; water falls are great

Waterfalls in Vermont (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

Moss Glen Waterfalls in Granville, Vermont

I drove nearly 200 miles today around the central part of Vermont looking for great foliage. I went north on Route 100 from Killington, the drive is famous for the scenery and for good reason. The road goes up the spine of the Green Mountains and is always one of the first areas for the foliage to show strong colors. There isn’t much this year, so far. I fear all the recent rain has really knocked down many leaves before they had a chance to turn.

Moss Glen Waterfalls in Granville Vermont (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

Moss Glen Waterfalls in Granville

Since it was cloudy and the leaves don’t look great, I decided to go to a couple of water falls. They are both called Moss Glen falls, which is weird since they aren’t any where near each other. The first one I went to is near Granville on Route 100. They say it is the most photographed falls in the state, which makes sense since it is right on the highway and there is a boardwalk to it.

Waterfalls in Vermont (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

Moss Glen Waterfalls in Granville

The main falls is wide and about a 50-foot drop. Usually this time of year there isn’t much water flowing but with all the rain, it was roaring strong. There is also a narrower falls near the big one. It requires climbing over some wet, moss-covered rocks to get a good shot, but I like it too.

I went a mile or two farther north on Route 100 and saw a big gap where the roadside stream was headed. I stopped to see if it was another falls that I didn’t know about. It was! I had to climb down a rather steep embankment and crawl out on more wet, moss-covered rocks to get a good angle on the water rushing past.

Moss Glen Waterfalls in Stowe Vermont (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

Moss Glen Waterfalls in Stowe, Vermont

I then went up past Stowe to the other Moss Glen falls. It is harder to get to. You have to drive off Route 100 on a dirt road and then it is a little hike to the falls. This Moss Glen falls is much higher than the other one: it is 120-feet. With all the rain, there was lots of water coming down. When there isn’t as much water, you can wade at the bottom and get nice shots looking up the falls. Not today, there was lots of water and spray.

After all the waterfalls, I headed back to my home in Woodstock. I was watching for colorful foliage the whole way, but it just isn’t there. I’ll see what I can find tomorrow.

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