PIKE RIVER FALLS - BERKSHIRE, VERMONT
A shot from down in the gorge of the upper and middle segments of the massive Pike River Falls.
Description: Pike River is a decently large watercourse, and when it hits a gorge that was once heavily utilized for hydropower in Berkshire, the falls are outstanding! This falls basically has three main drops. By the road there is a first plunge of about 20' that forms the upper falls. The river continues to cascade around a small curve and then hits a 10' block waterfall that forms the middle falls. There are several beautiful old mill remnants in this top falls area. The river then continues down into the gorge around a bend, before the lower falls. Don't think that these aren't worth traveling downstream to see, because they are the largest and best falls of the series. The lower falls is a 30' two-tiered plunge that is an awesome sight in high water with huge boulders and a nice pool below. Overall, this falls is spectacular, falling at least 80' from the upper falls to the end of the lower plunge. Truly one of the best of Vermont!
The 30' two-tiered lower plunge waterfall in high water.
The upper 20' plunge waterfall below the bridge by the road.
The upper plunge in low summer flow, in contrast to the prior image of spring flooding.
A view of the 10' middle block waterfalls, also showing the upper plunge upstream.
A view from the gorge showing an old mill site to the left of the middle 10' block waterfall.
The middle block waterfall, and mill site.
A view of the lower 30' plunge waterfall, also showing the pool and gorge below.
A side view of the 20' upper plunge waterfall on Pike River.
Chris Hungerford © 2009