Family photo at Pikes Falls VT in Jamaica, VT

Pikes Falls VT – A Hidden Gem In Jamaica VT

Embarking on an adventure at Pikes Falls VT is an extraordinary experience for families looking to enjoy nature’s grandeur. And, given that it’s only about 300 feet (100 meters) from the informal parking area to the falls and the plunge pool, virtually anyone will be able to access and enjoy this gem in Jamaica, Vermont. We’ve played here when our kids were mere toddlers, we’ve come back when they were older, and thus we can confirm, this is a timeless adventure in the verdant Vermont woods!

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Trail Information – Fast Facts

  • Trail Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 0.1 miles (0.15 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 100 feet
  • Duration: 5-10 minutes

Trail Description and Points of Interest

Truthfully, given that it’s only about 300 feet from the informal parking area to the falls, this family-friendly adventure in Vermont isn’t about hiking but is entirely about swimming and enjoying the relaxing vibes of Pikes Falls.

As you traverse the short, unmarked, but easy-to-follow path leading to Pikes Falls VT, you’ll wander through lush greenery, and be wrapped in the soothing sounds of nature. The trail is simple and safe, making it perfect for families with children.

Woman and her baby hiking on the trail leading down to Pikes Falls VT

In spite of the trail being unmarked, you can hear the falls right from the start, and after a short while you can see the run-out stream. In the very unlikely chance you’re having trouble “navigating” this trail, just walk towards the sound of the rushing water, and you’ll be fine.

boy hiking on the path leading to Pikes Falls VT

The upper falls are beautiful, but not suitable for swimming in.

the upper falls at Pikes Falls VT

However, the lower falls are swimming friendly, that is if you’re brave enough to get into the fresh mountain water that, even during summertime, is still quite brisk!

the lower falls at Pikes Falls VT

Even if you don’t want to swim, you can sunbathe on the rocky shore of the plunge pool and enjoy the relaxing sounds of the rushing water.

two boys playing at the plunge pool at Pikes Falls VT

Pikes Falls makes for happy babies!

baby sitting at Pikes Falls

And of course, if you’re in the mood for a little stream hike, you can make your way down the run-out stream in water that will likely be only ankle high. But, tread with caution, as it can be very slippery!

the run-out stream of Pikes Falls VT

Recommended Gear

Ensure you and your family are equipped with all the typical items you’d bring with you on a day trip to a beach. Briefly, we recommend:

These items contribute to a secure and enjoyable experience at Pikes Falls VT.

Family Hiking Safety Tips

Prioritize your family’s safety by:

  • Staying on the marked trail
  • Keeping children in sight at all times
  • Carrying a first-aid kit
  • Checking weather forecasts – If rain is in the forecast, consider visiting Pikes Falls on another day, as the river can swell and become quite dangerous.

These precautions ensure a worry-free exploration of Pikes Falls VT, amplifying the fun and relaxation.

Trail Head and Route

The trailhead, (GPS coordinates: +43.098017, -72.852759), located conveniently right on Pikes Falls Road, ensures a straightforward start to your adventure. It’s a little hard to find, but if you look carefully, you should be fine.

the trailhead at Pikes Falls VT

Park on the same side of the road as the trailhead, and make sure to pull far enough to the side that you’re not impeding the flow of traffic.

the parking are at Pikes Falls VT

The well-maintained, but unmarked path leading to Pikes Falls VT is another testament to its family-friendliness, allowing easy navigation and accessibility.

Route Map

If you’ve read any of our other posts, such as the one on the nearby Lye Brook Falls Trail in Manchester, VT, you likely remember that GuruMaps is our go-to app for navigating while we hike.

If you do decide to download GuruMaps, you can then download our annotated route map (just click one of the file format options in the top right-hand corner of the map below – GPX, KML, or GeoJSON), and then you’ll be able to open that file using GuruMaps. Once it opens, you’ll have our annotated trail map in your own hands.

It sounds like a lot, but it will take you less than a minute.

Our favorite part…

GuruMaps works without WIFI or cell service. So as long as your phone is charged, you’ll be good to go!

If you prefer a Google Map, however, that’s no biggie. Keep in mind, however, that it likely won’t work when you’re at Pikes Falls, as at the time of publication, the service was quite spotty.

Nearby Hikes

After exploring Pikes Falls VT, nearby trails such as Hamilton Falls and Lye Brook Falls extend your family’s adventure, offering varied experiences and more natural beauty to behold.

Pikes Falls VT – Conclusion

In conclusion, Pikes Falls VT is a paradisiacal destination for families desiring a delightful and safe hiking experience. Its many facilities and stunning views guarantee an unforgettable adventure, filled with joy, exploration, and bonding.


  1. Is Pikes Falls VT suitable for small children?
  • Absolutely! The trail is easy and filled with family-friendly facilities, ensuring a comfortable hike for all ages.
  1. What is the best time to visit Pikes Falls VT?
  • The ideal time to visit is during the summer when it’ll be warm enough to swim. However, spring or fall are nice too when the weather is still pleasant, and the natural beauty is abundant.
  1. Are there any facilities at Pikes Falls VT?
  • No. Plan to bring all the provisions you’ll need for this adventure, and if you need to go to the bathroom, make sure you follow the Leave No Trace principle of “pack it in, pack it out.”

Embrace the adventure and create enduring memories with your family at Pikes Falls VT!

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