Locations: Salisbury, Lakeville, Lime Rock, West Cornwall, Cornwall Bridge, Kent, Warren, New Preston, Litchfield, Goshen, Norfolk, Falls Village, Canaan. Approximate Mileage: > 95 Miles. Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Trip
Begin at the jct. Rtes. 44/ 41 in Salisbury, take Rte. 44 W at the jct. of Rtes. 44 & 41 in Lakeville, take Rte. 41 S, to Rte. 112 E to Lime Rock. At the jct. of Rtes. 112 & 7, take Rte. 7 S to Rte. 341 in Kent. Take 341 E for 5 mi., take a right on Kent Hollow Rd., bear left at the fork and right at the farm. Take the first left passing Lake Waramaug Golf Course. At the end of the road take a left to drive around Lake Waramaug. At the jct. of North Shore Rd. and Rte. 45, take a right on Rte. 45, take your first left on Tanner Hill Rd., go straight on Rabbit Hill Rd., take your first left on Jack Corner Rd., bear right on Rte. 341. At the jct. of Rtes. 341 & 202, take a left onto Rte. 202 E to Litchfield to Rte. 63 N to Goshen. At the jct. of Rtes. 63 & 4 in Goshen, take Rte. 4 E for 1.5 mi., take a left on East St. North, at the end of the road, go straight onto Rte. 272 to Norfolk. At the jct. of Rtes. 272 & 44 take Rte. 44 W for .4 miles, take a left on Westside Rd./Golf Clubs, at the first stop sign take a right on Mountain Road, and follow past Wangum Lake. At the fork of Steep Rd. and Wangum Rd. bear left. At the base of the hill, take a right on Under Mountain Rd. and follow to the jct. of Rte. 7. Take a right onto Rte. 7 N (3 mi.), take a sharp left on Sand Rd., at the first fork, bear right on Boinay Hill Road. At the jct. of Boinay Hill Rd., Rtes. 44, & 126, take Rte. 44 W. Take a right on Twin Lakes Rd., a left on Taconic Rd., a left on Hammertown Rd., and a left on Undermountain Rd. (Rte. 41) to Rte. 44 in Salisbury where this tour began. This tour is a bonus for photographers and "shutterbugs" interested in shooting an idyllic cross section of New England's enchantments. Along this route you will pass some of the area's most charming villages and unforgettable landscapes. Begin your photo excursion in the lovely village of Salisbury. Here you will find a tantalizing cluster of shops, restaurants, and country inns. You'll also find 3 architecturally interesting buildings to shoot such as the rose brick Old Academy Building, circa 1833 noted for it's distinctive belfry, the Federally styled Congregational Church, built in 1800 with it's unique whale weathervane, and the Gothic styled Scoville Memorial Library, built of stone in 1895. If you want photo's of spectacular views and dramatic vistas, hike to the summit of Bear Mountain, the highest point entirely in the state, or to Bald Peak, noted for its 360 degree panorama. Proceed on Rte. 44 west to the center of Lakeville, passing the Methodist Congregational Church, built in 1816, by the oldest Congregation in New England, founded here in 1791. The drive on Rte. 112 from Lakeville to Lime Rock will be of special interest to landscape photographers because the Litchfield Hills provides a scenic backdrop for classic colonial homes and farms, fields, and meadows of grazing horses. The drive along Rte. 7 south through Cornwall offers many dramatic images to shoot as it follows the serpentine flow of the Housatonic River past the Housatonic State Forest and by the storybook village of West Cornwall with its' historic Covered Bridge that has spanned the river since 1837. For those that appreciate the unusual, look for "Lizard Rock" on the right, just past the pottery exhibit in Cornwall Bridge... no one is sure who maintains its colorful appearance! Continuing on Rte. 7 south, you will drive past stunning pastoral scenes, barns silhouetted against the hills and clusters of 18th and 19th century homes. On the way to the center of Kent, you will pass Kent Falls, considered to be one of the state's most scenic parks because of its dramatic 200 foot cascading waterfall. The woodland pathway following the falls to their summit provides many photo opportunities. The center of Kent, a charming village nestled in the hills, has a wonderful variety of restaurants, antique & art galleries, and intriguing shops, many are located in beautifully maintained 18th and 19th century homes and buildings. For true Americana, follow Rte. 7 south for 3 mi. to Bull's Bridge, one of 2 covered bridges open to cars in the state. Or take Rte. 7 north for 5 mi. to visit Eric Sloane's Museum and Kent Falls State Park with its famed 200-ft. cascading waterfall. On the way to Lake Waramaug, you will leave the main roads behind and travel along bucolic country lanes that wind their way through the sylvan beauty of the hills. After exploring the shoreline of Lake Waramaug, take a quick jaunt to the picturesque village of New Preston before heading out on the most scenic route from Lake Waramaug to Litchfield. On your way, plan to stop at Mt. Tom State Park whose tower trail leads you to breathtaking views of the area. If you enjoy nature photography, stop at White Memorial Foundation, a 4,000 acre haven for wildlife with a multitude of habitats and a rich variety of flora and fauna. The stately village of Litchfield whose principal streets and village green have been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1959 is considered to be the finest example of a colonial town in America. Today, Litchfield's classic architectural gems offer the novice and professional photographer a treasure trove of photo opportunities. The Litchfield Congregational Church was built in 1827 and has become the most photographed church in New England because of its soaring steeple and superb Greek Revival architecture. If you enjoy shooting flowers, plan to visit White Flower Farm that has several acres of glorious display gardens and Topsmead State Park, an elegant English Tudor style cottage with two colorful summer gardens. Leaving Litchfield on Rte. 63 north, you will drive through the delightful village of Goshen passing Eagle Academy, home of the Goshen Historical Society. To reach the peaceful hamlet of Norfolk, leave the main roads, once again, and drive along a winding country lane edged by lush woodlands and punctuated by farms and colonial homes. Along the way you will pass a Liberty Pole, one of the few remaining in New England erected to gather the troops for the Revolutionary War. Just before reaching the heart of Norfolk, drive into Dennis Hill State Park to shoot the panoramic view from its' summit, then, stop in at Hillside Gardens, which has extensive display gardens showcasing uncommon perennials. Many architectural photo's can be taken around Norfolk's unspoiled village green from the tall steepled Church of Christ circa 1814, and the Yale School of Music's stately Whitehouse, to the Richardson styled Library circa 1889, the Fountain designed by Stanford White, and the Norfolk Academy built in 1840. The drive from Norfolk to Salisbury is routed on sun dappled country lanes that wind their way past meadows of wildflowers ringed with stonewalls, glistening lakes, meandering streams, rushing rivers, and tall stands of hemlocks and hardwoods, set against the majestic backdrop of the Litchfield Hills. This is routed through some of the areas most unspoiled and unforgettable pastoral landscapes, reminiscent of what much of New England looked like in a more leisurely era. More Photo Opportunities: Barkhamsted: Follow the Farmington River through People's State Park & American Legion State Forest to Riverton. Bethlehem: From the center take Rte.132 east for beautiful landscapes. For flowers visit the Bellamy-Ferriday House facing the Green. Bristol: Federal Hill Historic District (Rte. 6 to Maple St.), has fine examples of Colonial, Greek Revival and Victorian architectural styles and a classic 1832 Congregational Church. Colebrook: A classic village green, Congregational Church and 1787 Phelphs Tavern on Rte. 183. L East Canaan: Beckley Iron Furnace, a 19th c. Industrial Monument on the National Register, 3 mi. east of Canaan on Rte., 44, right on Furnace Hill Rd., right at the stop sign. Hartland: Take Rte. 181 north to Rte. 20 through West Hartland and Tunxis State Forest. Harwinton: Rte. 4 to South Rd. and drive through the Roraback Wildlife Area. Morris: Take Rte. 209 around the shoreline of Bantam Lake. New Hartford: Take Rte. 44 to Rte. 219 to Lake McDonough to Rte. 318 to the Reservoir, Lake and Spillway. New Milford: Lovers Leap Gorge (Grove St. off Rte. 202), a legendary romantic Indian site of the death of Chief Waramaug's daughter, Lillinonah, and her suitor. Terryville: The historic Eli Terry Jr. Water Wheel on Rte. 6, a unique industrial artifact that supplied power for early clock and lock companies. Roxbury: Mine Hill Preserve, CT's most extensive ruins of a blast furnace, roasting ovens, tunnels, shafts and granite quarries off Rte. 67 north of the center. Sharon: A quintessential New England Green on Rte. 41. Southbury: The 1825 Congregational Church in South Britain (Rte. 172), and Bullet Hill School, circa 1787 (Rte. 6). Torrington: Hotchkiss Fyler House, (Main St.) is a Victorian mansion with rosy-red slate roof and a Roman brick exterior. Washington: The Village Green (Rte. 47) and classic First Congregational Church, circa 1801. Winchester: The unspoiled Winchester Green, on Rte. 263. Woodbury: The Botany Trail at Flanders Nature Center and the Jekyll Garden at the Glebe House, both off Rte. 6.