Journey’s End Swimming Hole
Name of Project: Journey’s End Swimming Hole & Waterfall
Public Access: yes
River: Foote Brook
Date Completed: October 2013
Size: 25.28 acres
Water Frontage: 4,900 feet
Landowner: Town of Johnson
Funding Partners: The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board provided major funding. Additional support was provided by the Fields Pond Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation Green Mountain Fund, the Lintilhac Foundation, Rock Art Brewery, Concept 2, G.W. Tatro Construction, Johnson State College Student Government, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife Public Access grant, the Vermont State Employees Credit Union, and the VRC Canute Dalmasse Legacy Fund, along with over 120 individual donors who cherish this special place. Thank you for joining this important effort to keep Journey’s End available for all.
Property Description: “Journey’s End” is a spectacular swimming hole and waterfall carved in the bedrock of Foote Brook, a cold water, steep stream flowing to the Lamoille River. The protected property contains 25 forested acres along 2,500 of Foote Brook, and helps protect the high quality trout habitat in the Brook, and deer yards, songbird habitat, and forested buffer along Foote Brook, with an access corridor from Plot Road.
Project Background: The land adjoining the falls was on the market as a house lot, and could have been posted with “No Trespassing” signs. Partnering with the landowner, the Town of Johnson, several community partners, and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, VRC has permanently protected public access to the Journey’s End swimming hole, provided access for anglers to a 2,500 foot reach of Foote Brook renowned for its high quality trout habitat, and conserved 25 acres along Foote Brook containing deer yards, songbird habitat, and forested buffer which protects the ecological values of Foote Brook.
The Town of Johnson is now the long-term owner of this beautiful area, and will manage it as a natural and recreational area for Johnson residents and visitors to enjoy in all seasons. The onservation easement assures that permanent access continues and that the 25 acres will remain in their natural condition.
Directions: From the village of Johnson (Route 15 / Main St.), head northeast on Pearl St, and continue up Clay Hill Road passing Johnson State College on your right. Turn left onto Plot Road, park in the small pull-off about 0.4 miles ahead on your left.