2002 Fall Season

Litchfield, CT -- Contact: Janet L. Serra For Immediate Release 860-567-4506 lhcvbnwct@aol.com There's a special sound to autumn in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut-the rippling rhythm of waterfalls. You needn't look far to find one. Scenic falls, large and small, can be found all over the region, some hidden, some in plain sight, beckoning hikers and picnickers with their call. All you have to do is keep your eyes and ears open. The sound of rushing water guides visitors through the pines and hemlocks to Campbell Falls, a scenic treasure formed where the Whiting River tumbles over the rocks through a narrow gorge. The water plummets down 60 feet in two steep steps, each ending in a small pool. The weathered rocks make an idyllic picnic setting. The falls are found off Norfolk Road, five miles north of Haystack Mountain on Route 272 in Norfolk, not far from the Massachusetts border. Another romantic spot is Southford Falls State Park in Southbury, where Eight Mile Brook runs down from Lake Quassapaug in a bubbling cascade on its way to join the Housatonic River. Romantics can picnic on a rock adjacent to the falls or on one of the secluded picnic tables by a covered bridge. The bridge, based on a traditional 18th century arch design, was built by a talented local carpenter, Ed Palmer, with the assistance of artist Eric Sloane. The banks of the pond above the falls are popular with both fisherman and picnickers. Hiking in the park is excellent on a system of loop trails through the autumn-hued woods and hills. One of the trails offers a tower lookout with a prime view of the foliage. Located just south of Southbury on Route 188, the park provides a shelter with water and visitor facilities. A lookout tower is one of several rewards for hikers who take the loop three-mile Beaver Pond Trail at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area. The path, canopied by chestnut, red oak, red maple and black birch, leads through acres of woodland past a 38-acre beaver pond, the Negro Hill Brook flowing through a jumble of boulders and a side trail leading to a splashing waterfall. The entrance to the wildlife area is found on Route 69, three miles north of the Route 6 intersection in Bristol. Spotting some of the scenic falls takes an alert eye. Many motorists never even notice the small waterfall on Indian Swamp Brook, just south of the covered bridge on Route 7 in Cornwall, tumbling down the hillside and beneath the highway. Not far away on River Road, above the Northeast Utilities power plant, is the Great Falls, where the rocks have been worn smooth by the rushing water. Connecticut's tallest waterfall is the easiest to find. Kent Falls State Park is located right on Route 7 just north of Kent. The water here takes a dramatic 200-foot drop over a cliff. An uphill hiking path beside the water leads to the top of the falls, passing through a fragrant hemlock forest and providing lookouts to savor or photograph the scene below. Picnic grounds are set in a meadow at the foot of the falls. For more information on fall scenery and activities and a free copy of UNWIND, a 40-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the Litchfield Hills, contact the Litchfield Hills Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (860) 567-4506, or visit their web site at www.litchfieldhills.com.