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This trail is very popular with walkers, bicyclists and joggers.

The trail meanders along the West River, following an old railroad bed along the West River. A large group of boulders about half-mile into the route have been named "The Dumplings." About 2 miles from The Dumplings, the Cobb Brook must be crossed to reach the Ball Mountain Dam which is another half-mile. From the junction with Cobb Brook, you may take Hamilton Falls Trail north to reach the beautiful 50-foot waterfall.

A brochure which is available at the park office gives insight to the area where the settlers decided to log and farm using the West River as a power resource for their mills. In 1881, the West River Railroad began running from south Londonderry to Brattleboro and back each day.

Directions: From Jamaica, VT, Travel a half mile east on Depot Street. After the park entrance, bear right to the large parking lot. The trail begins in the northwest corner by the picnic area.

Elevation: 1,500 feet

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Difficulty: Easy

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Jamaica State Park, Vermont

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