At 140 feet, Thundering Brook Fall is the 6 the tallest waterfall in Vermont. The brook forms part of Kent Brook, which itself flows from Kent Pond. The trail boasts a vista of the Ottauquechee Valley together with views of the falls. Visitors can make a stop at the viewing platform, from where one can see the lower two tiers of the falls as water gushes through a narrow cataract over metamorphic rocks. Visitors can also proceed further uphill to see the 35-foot fall and twin cascades.
Thundering Brook Falls operated by Forest Service, is part of the Appalachian Trail. It is in fact the first and only totally accessible part of the Appalachian Trail. This was achieved when the Green Mountain Club built a 900-foot boardwalk, over the previous dusty Thundering Brook Road. This successful made the fall viewing point accessible to all users from the nearby car – park. The trail moves along the boardwalk which is surrounded by tall wild marshes, which make it an optimum spot for bird-watching. The Falls and the currents used to operate an old mill, nowadays visitors can see a privately owned small hydro plant further downstream.
The beauty of the trail and its surroundings can be appreciated all year round, however, its highest beauty is most definitely after heaving rainfall or when it is covered in snow and ice. Either way, it is always worth carrying one’s camera around, as Thundering Brook Falls does not disappoint.
Regardless of being just a short trail, Thundering Brook Falls is not shy of scenic beauty. Apart from the falls themselves, the mashes around them are also a spectacle, especially for nature and bird watchers. Accessibility is one of its strongest suits, especially as visitors of all abilities can easily make it from the car – park to the observation deck. One may not necessarily drive miles to visit the trail, however, if in the vicinity it is worth planning a 30-minute stop at this natural wonder.