Lye Brook Falls Trail
Green Mountain National Forest
Caring for the Land and Serving People
Length: 4.6 miles round trip
Max elevation change: 740 feet
USGS maps: Manchester Quad
Amount of use: Heavy
Hiking level: Moderate
Average hike time: 3 – 4 hours round trip
The trail, marked with blue blazes, enters the 15,680-acre Lye Brook Wilderness following along Lye
Brook. Utilizing old logging railroad grades and old woods roads, the trail travels up a steady gradual slope. Downed trees from a 1995 cyclonic storm and a few small stream crossings make some of the trail challenging, which is in keeping with Wilderness management practices. A century ago, this area had been heavily logged, with railroads, charcoal kilns, and sawmills dotting the landscape. The land has reverted back to its natural state, but those wishing to explore can still find the remains of many of these turn of the century industries. The spur trail at 1.8 miles on the right, leads to the 125-foot high Lye Brook Falls, one
of the highest in Vermont. Slippery rocks make the falls extremely dangerous and climbing the falls is not recommended. Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry out what you carry in. Trail blazing, maintenance, and signage will be minimal in Wilderness Areas.
From Route 7 in Manchester, travel about a ¼ mile east on Route 11/30 to East Manchester Road. Follow
East Manchester Rd. south for about 1.0 miles and turn left onto Glen Road, just before the overpass. Follow Glen Rd. and bear right at the fork onto the Lye Brook Access Road. The trailhead is located to the east of the parking lot at the end of the Lye Brook Access Road.
Nearby Destinations or Attractions:
• Manchester Ranger Station
• Prospect Rock
Food and Services: Manchester
For all Emergencies: Call 911
911 Information: The trailhead is in the Town of Manchester; 489 Glen Rd.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests
231 North Main Street, Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 747-6700 Phone (802) 747-6766 FAX Website: www.fs.usda.gov/greenmountain
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Recreational Opportunity Guide Lye Brook Falls Trail
For More Information:
Manchester Ranger District, 2538 Depot St. (Rte 11/30), Manchester Center, VT 05255, (802) 362-2307
This Recreation Guide is Available in Large Print at Forest Service Information Centers