Stowe-Area Hiking: Sterling Falls Gorge

Hike Details

  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Type: Waterfall hike
  • Distance: 0.5 miles 
  • Time: 40 minutes 
  • Climb: 150’ 
  • Trailhead Location: The end of Sterling Gorge Rd, Stowe, VT 05672 From the historic village, take route 100 North 1.7 miles and turn left on Stagecoach Road. After driving about 1.6 miles, turn left and continue onto Sterling Valley Road for about 1.7 miles to a red covered bridge on your right. Take the slight right at this intersection, not crossing the bridge, to stay on Sterling Valley Road. Continue another 2.8 miles, then turn left at the small sign for Sterling Gorge Parking. This will lead to a small parking lot less than a half-mile in. The trail starts across the pedestrian bridge from the parking lot.

About the Hike

Sterling Falls Gorge is a short but informative, scenic hike around the outer limits of a beautiful gorge in Stowe’s Sterling Valley. The trail consists of small, cascading falls, and has many signs describing the history, geology and lore about the gorge.

Although the falls are no greater than a few yards tall, the area tends to be significantly less crowded than other waterfalls in Stowe. As you walk the interpretive trail loop, be mindful of areas roped off for your safety. The gorge consists of three falls, six cascade sets and eight pools; however, not all are visible from the trail in the summer months with leaves on the trees obstructing the view. To swim in the natural pool, pick up the trail across the bridge from the parking lot and follow it down to the middle set of falls where there is a large, clear pool that is perfect for swimming.

Extensive hiking trails branch off nearby Sterling Falls Gorge, winding all throughout the Sterling Forest. Explore with care, and download a copy of the trail map as cell phone reception can be limited in this area of town.

Additional Hiking Resources

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