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“A world of it's own”

Sterling Falls Gorge
Ranked #14 of 60 things to do in Stowe
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Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“A world of it's own”
Reviewed 27 August 2014

A beautiful, less traveled spot for a hike down to the gorge. Fairly easy to moderate decent and ascent on the way back up. The nearby field is great spot for a picnic.

Visited August 2014
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Bally, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“an easy walk”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

We chose to do this easy walk/hike following a day of more intense hiking. The trail is through hemlock which leave a springy forest floor silencing our footsteps as well as being very comfortable to walk on. We saw very few people and enjoyed the quiet cool solitude of the area.
The gorge itself is lovely but not impressive; a restful in between day activity. Along the trail there was a hemlock of some size whose roots encased a boulder about 4 feet in circumference, quite amazing. At the end of the trail next to the water was a picnic table which would make a dandy place for a packed lunch. This would have been a great hike for small children or anyone not able to do a more strenuous endeavor. If you are so inclined you can swim in the pools formed by the gorge.
The drive was through the very rural countryside of VT which was our cup of tea since we were not in any hurry. We met a local walking on the road and stopped and chatted for a bit. This was our experience all over VT, the people were willing to share about their state and their lives.

Visited August 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“easy hike and fun”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

loved that our dog could come and swim and my son loved rock jumping off the high rock into the water pool below

Visited July 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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65 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Underwhelmed”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

We visited Sterling Gorge after seeing the red covered barn on Cole Hill Road. Directions were elusive; we found that the free colorful map of the town in most restaurants and hotels was the most helpful. While there are several options for getting there, we found the most direct was to take 100 North out of the center of Stowe, and then fork left onto Stagecoach Road, and then a left onto Sterling Valley Drive. You will follow this for several miles on rough road until essentially the end. You'll start to question yourself because it gets very rural and there is no signage until you're almost there. Then, you'll see a sign to turn left for the gorge parking, which is on a small clearing.

From the parking lot, there are 2 choices - cross the bridge into the gorge, or some hiking trails to the right. It was a rainy, overcast day, so we opted only for the gorge. There are educational signs along the way to describe the history of the rocks, trees, etc, which we found very interesting. It says the walk through the gorge should take about 45 minutes round trip, which we found to be accurate.

There is a well-worn path for walking from sign to sign. The trail was narrow in places, and slick in wet weather, so caution is advised for all, particularly children and pets. The trail goes downhill and then there is one point where there is a stone followed by wooden staircase to get down to the river level.

I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I don't understand what all the fuss is about with this site. All in all, it is a small river that flows downhill and you walk beside it. I am a photographer and only took about 20 pictures the entire time I was there.

If you are visiting Stowe, certainly this is something you can do with parties of all ages. There is no fee and it is a short, relatively easy adventure. I just didn't feel like it was anything to be excited about, and certainly didn't have a compelling need to return. In all fairness, we did not do any of the trails to the right of the parking lot, so I can't speak to what those were like.

Visited August 2014
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Horsham, PA
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Quick hike in nature”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

easy hike along falls and cascades, informative posts educate you about the formation of the them
It was a little difficult to find.

Visited August 2014
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