Nature August 23, 2018
The Ultimate Bucket List For Anyone In Connecticut Who Loves Waterfall Hikes
There are tons of wonderful hiking trails in the Nutmeg State. Sometimes it seems like there are so many it’s hard to choose. If you love a trail with a big payoff or are a fan of natural wonders, take these Connecticut waterfall hikes for scenery like none other.
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1. Enders Falls, Granby
Located in the Enders State Forest, these falls will not disappoint. Take a short 15-minute hike to the lowermost falls and you will be amazed, but don't stop there. More waterfalls await and they just get bigger and better. There are five distinct waterfalls total, so be sure to visit them all to make the most out of this hike.
2. Kent Falls, Kent
Located in the town of Kent, these popular falls attract many visitors. A short paved path leads to the base of the falls so all ages and abilities can enjoy the natural wonder. For the more ambitious, a 1/4 staircase trail up the side of the falls affords a different vantage point. Hike to the top to see this captivating cascade in all of its glory. Learn more about Kent Falls
3. Spruce Brook Falls, Beacon Falls
This fantastic ravine is one of the most stunning in New England. A short hike less than a mile will allow you to see all of the cascades and drops that Spruce Brook Falls has to offer. Found in the Naugatuck State Forest this pretty little spot has six different falls to enjoy.
4. Buttermilk Falls, Plymouth
This short 5-minute hike will take you straight to the dazzling Buttermilk Falls. The 55-foot drop makes this natural wonder one of locals favorite places to escape. Visit the waterfall within the Buttermilk Falls Nature Preserve in Plymouth.
5. Roaring Brook Falls, Cheshire
Being the single largest drop waterfall in the state, you'll definitely want to explore Roaring Brook Falls. The water tumbles over an 80-foot drop making a spectacular splash at the bottom. The 3/4-mile hike goes through the Cheshire Land Trust.
6. Chapman Falls, East Haddam
The trails at Devil's Hopyard State Park are full of surprises. A rustic footbridge, winding paths, and the gorgeous falls are all worth the journey. At the falls, the water drops more than 60 feet rushing over a series of steps in a beautiful cascade. You can also camp overnight at this lovely little oasis in the woods. Find out more
7. Prydden Falls, Newtown
If you want to spend an entire afternoon chasing a waterfall, hiking the Zoar Trail is the way to do it. The 6-mile loop crosses some challenging terrain leading up to Prydden Falls, the trek back is easier along the river's edge. The payoff is worth the work, these falls are a hidden gem in the forest. Learn more about the trail
8. Great Falls, Falls Village
If you can't make it to New York to see the real deal, take a short 3-10 minute hike to Connecticut's Niagara Falls. Water tumbling down 50 feet of rocks makes for a sightseer's dream. Don't forget your camera! Learn more about the falls
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