West Branch headwaters

For the rest of this tour, we will travel down along the West Branch of the Deerfield, to join the Deerfield in Readsboro Vermont, and then a bit further down the Deerfield into Massachusetts. 

Route 8 begins at Route 9 in Searsburg. It rises steeply away from the Deerfield up over a ridge, dropping down into the West Branch watershed. 


The West Branch starts as a steep forested brook, but dumps out into a rather flat area in Heartwellville, Vermont.  Route 8 continues south and west, crossing over into the Hoosic River Watershed just a few hundred yards from the Route 8 / Route100 junction.   The West Branch follows Route 100 down into Readsboro Vermont.