Texas Falls – Hancock, Vermont - Atlas Obscura

Texas Falls

Hancock, Vermont

An ancient glacial pothole waterfall in the heart of the Green Mountains.  

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Driving east on VT 125 through the Middlebury Gap, about three miles before you hit VT 100, on the left is a small turn-off leading you to the Texas Falls. This hidden geological wonder is certainly worth the visit. The falls were formed 12,000 years ago when the last glaciers retreated from the Green Mountains, leaving a rushing river that carved out potholes and gorges. 

A few decades ago, the pools around the waterfall were a favorite haunt for swimmers, however, swimming is now prohibited due to the dangerous currents. As you gaze out at the rushing water, think of how the Hancock Branch drains east into the White River, which drains south into the Connecticut River, which drains into the Long Island Sound, the Atlantic Ocean, and all the seven seas.

Know Before You Go

The Texas Falls Nature Trail is about a mile long, with plenty of great vistas. It winds along the Hancock Branch and crosses the falls at a bridge constructed in 2012. The bridge is handicap accessible, but most of the trails aren’t. Not far up the forest road, you’ll come across a picnic pavilion that can be reserved for groups. This entire site is maintained by the USDA.