Mill River Falls

Mill River Falls

Mill River Falls Natural Area is located along St. Albans Bay in Georgia, VT.   This conservation project protects fishing and hunting access to the river delta, as well as protecting the waterfall and an important floodplain forest absorbing sediments and phosphorous from the Mill River watershed.  At least 4 rare plants and 4 rare animals, in addition to a prime fishing habitat, are protected by this project.

September 2015 News: Mill River Falls featured in St. Albans Messenger story on water quality and what property owners can do to protect Lake Champlain.  The article also introduces a new monthly column by Executive Director Chris Boget entitled “Protecting the Lake.”  This positive column about how everyone can do their part to help protect water quality is slated to appear the second week of each month.

Directions

From the South: Take I-89 N to Exit 18.  Take US Route 7 N for about 5.6 miles and take a left onto Mill River Road and follow it until you come to a T.  There, the parking lot for Mill River Falls is directly in front of you.  There are two ways to enter Mill River Falls. For the more extensive trail system, walk south down Georgia Shore Road across the bridge over the river to The Pines Road. To access the trail, you must walk down the “The Pines Road” for a few yards, and the trailhead will be on your right. Or, to get to the falls from the north side of the river, follow the Mill River Falls Trail which leaves directly from the parking lot.

From the North: Take I-89 S to Exit 19.  Take St. Albans State Highway west and turn left onto US Route 7 S.  Follow this for about 2 miles and then take a right onto Mill River Road and follow it until you come to a T.  There, the parking lot for Mill River Falls is directly in front of you.  There are two ways to enter Mill River Falls. For the more extensive trail system, walk south down Georgia Shore Road across the bridge over the river to The Pines Road. To access the trail, you must walk down the “The Pines Road” for a few yards, and the trailhead will be on your right. Or, to get to the falls from the north side of the river, follow the Mill River Falls Trail which leaves directly from the parking lot.
 


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Guides

Click here for a printable guide to Mill River Falls, including driving directions.

 

Nature Snapshots

Click here to see a series of Nature Snapshots for the Mill River Falls landscape.

History

The Mill River Falls Natural Area was generously donated to the Lake Champlain Land Trust by Anna Neville and her family in 2003.  Mill River contains 35 acres of incredible wildlife habitat including the delta lands of Mill River protected forever thanks to a grassroots fundraising campaign led by Rod Vallee and the Georgia Conservation Commission. The Lake Champlain Land Trust retained a conservation agreement (also known as a conservation easement) and donated the parcel to the State of Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

The Town of Georgia and the Georgia Conservation Commission later partnered with the Lake Champlain Land Trust to add a parking lot and trail improvements including a pedestrian bridge over a ravine.

Partners

Mill River Falls Natural Area a partnership of Anna Neville, the Town of Georgia, the Georgia Conservation Commission and the Lake Champlain Land Trust.