While Hamilton Falls may be Jamaica’s crown jewel waterfall, Pikes Falls is a nice place to visit if in the area. The pool below the lower falls is one of the most inviting I’ve seen. Few pools on an average river rival this in size. Pikes Falls is not a very large waterfall, descending perhaps 20 feet in 2 stages. The parking area is not very obvious, a wide shoulder opposite a white house. There is a sign just a few feet into the woods indicating the location. The parking area is a short ways east of where Pikes Falls appears on a detailed map of Vermont. The river crosses a large section of bedrock, drops over the upper falls, goes around some boulders, and goes over the lower falls into the pool below. Judging by the large pile of rocks on the opposite side of the pool, I’d guess that this river is prone to occasionally violent levels of high water.
Children probably enjoy Pikes Falls more so than any other age group. During hot, summer days, children can be seen sliding down a 10-foot long rock slide into a pool at Pikes Falls. The looks of pure pleasure on their faces confirm their true love for this place. Is it the slide they love, or the fact that below this waterfall is one of the largest swimming holes in the state? About 40 feet wide, 25 feet long, and up to 10 feet deep, this pool, with its with clear, olive-green tinted water, is complimented with a large rocky beach running along its edges. With such a large pool and a suitable beach for relaxing or eating a snack, one could imagine that Pikes Falls would be crowded. However, that is not usually the case; it have a few friendly swimmers on a hot day, but not nearly like other swimming holes in the state, such as nearby Hamilton Falls.