Hiking Thundering Falls Trailhead & Waterfall in Killington Vermont // 48 hours in Vermont in April

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Wedding season is coming- its so close and I CAN’T WAIT! I’ve second shot 3 weddings so far this year (gotta get my wedding fix) but am excited to see my Bright Lights Brides & Grooms get married in 2019! With Wedding Season kicking off as well as the weather warming up for more outdoor portraits, its about to get much busier this time of year. I am SO EXCITED to be out with my camera hanging out with my clients and doing sessions vs spending days in front of a computer doing all of the tech things. Chris’s busy season is coming too with his Magic Business and Videography gigs, so we thought it was the perfect time for a little getaway before all the long nights staying up editing kick in.

Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer

We choose Killington, VT for our 48 hour geteway for a few reasons:

  1. I’ve never been to Killington before and love exploring new places
  2. It was an hour closer to us than Burlington
  3. We REALLY liked the hotel we found.
Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer

We stayed at the Killington Mountain Lodge, which had the most amazing giant outdoor hot tub surrounded by two fireplaces with a mountain view, a heated indoor lap pool (which we used several times and were both sore the next day since we hardly swim), homemade cookies, a cool game room with pool and giant jenga + connect 4, and a continental breakfast with homemade yogurt. Perfect place for a relaxing weekend away!

Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer

We went to the Killington Visitor Center and they were so nice and helpful! They told us about Thundering Falls and we are so glad they did! Thundering Falls Trailhead is part of the Green Mountain National Forrest and is an Appalachian Natural Scenic Trail. Chris and I enjoyed the hike and did a little mini photo shoot while we were there. I couldn’t resist when I saw the tall trees! It was chilly but the sun helped keep us warm. We only ran into one other person the whole hike, so going off season has its perks.

Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer

The thing that got me started with cameras was nature photography. I got my first camera (a polaroid!) for my 9th birthday. Since I was little I loved exploring the woods behind my house, hiking and everything outdoorsy. I would bring my camera with me often to capture the beauty of nature. Then my senior year of college, after learning how to use a DSLR, I went on a nature and wildlife photography trip to Costa Rica and Panama. I came home and started my business shortly after. I am so thankful for that trip and for learning so much about photography through photographing nature and wildlife. I always love how peaceful hiking is.

Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer

The first half of the trail was on a pathway and some water on the side. Looks like in the summer it goes over a stream. After hiking for about a half mile, we saw SNOW on the path! 35 degrees in April, so its not super surprising. The snow on the pathway was nice and soft, easy to hike on. Good thing I brought my waterproof hiking shoes 🙂

Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer

Once the pathway ended, we hiked in the woods. The tall trees were so pretty! It was a bit icy here as you can see my slipping a little bit but it just made the hike more interesting 😉 Highly recommend this hike! Its a quick hike to the waterfall so great for everyone. There were other trails too that we would have explored if it wasn’t so icy. Guess we will have to go again 🙂

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You will find the entrance to the trail at 2298 River Rd., Killington, VT. It is a short hike to the waterfall!

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