Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
For Immediate Release
One of the rewards of a snowy winter in Connecticut's Litchfield Hills is what happens when the snow melts, making for full streams and waterfalls at their splashiest. Known for its waterfalls every year, the region is worth a special trip this spring while the waterfalls are putting on a show. Picnic tables are strategically placed for enjoying the view.
A good place to start is Connecticut's tallest waterfall, Falls Brook making a dramatic 200-foot drop in Kent Falls State Park. An uphill hiking path through the hemlocks beside the water leads to the top and provides lookouts to savor or photograph the scene. Picnic grounds are set in a meadow at the foot of the waterfall.
Further west in Plymouth, Buttermilk Falls is another majestic beauty, a 55-foot waterfall tumbling its way down over ledges through a hemlock-lined gorge to form pools at the bottom. Trails offer plenty of opportunities for picnicking and wildflowers add color in the spring. To reach the falls, take Route 8 to Exit 39, take Route 6 east, turn right on South Main Street and a left on Lane Hill Rd.
Prydden Brook Falls in Newtown offers a different kind of excitement, 40 feet of cascades over moss - covered rocks with a 25-foot plunge at either end. A set of rocks at the bottom jutting into Lake Zoar is a perfect viewing spot. Take I-84 to exit 10, follow Route 6 to Route 34 south, and turn left on Great Quarter Road. The blue-blazed trail leads along the shoreline of Lake Zoar for about 1.5 miles to the Prydden Brook and a side trail on the right to the falls.
In nearby Southbury, Southford Falls State Park is a choice spot for a picnic. The site is near 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. One of the park's hiking trails offers a tower lookout with a prime view. The park is located just south of Southbury on Route 188.
Traveling north, the sound of rushing water guides visitors through the pines and hemlocks to Campbell Falls in Norfolk, a 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 ideal picnic setting. The falls are located off Norfolk Road, five miles north of Haystack Mountain on Route 272.
Another intriguing Norfolk sight is Buttermilk Falls off Route 44, where the waters of the Blackberry River slide down smooth rocks to create an almost perfect triangle shape.
The Great Falls of the Housatonic in the Falls Village section of Canaan put on a dramatic show of waterpower that can be seen only in spring, during planned water releases on the dam-controlled falls. The rushing water flows over a 50-foot drop. A short hiking path leads to an upper viewpoint to savor the splashes. The falls are found off CT Route 126 north on the road marked to Falls Village.
Dean's Ravine Falls is a second Canaan sight not to be missed, with cascades and slides down a steep 50-foot drop. A trail to the falls begins to the left of the parking lot at Music Mountain, home of the well-known music festival in Falls Village.
Heading south again, 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 tall trees, leads past a 38-acre beaver pond to 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.
You can actually wander behind the waterfall at Spruce Brook Falls in Beacon Falls for a unique view of the action as the water tumbles over large boulders. The falls are found in a beautiful setting, a secluded ravine in the Naugatuck State Forest. Take Route 8, to exit 24, bear right off the exit and cross an iron bridge, then right on Lopus Road, right again on Cold Spring Road, and bear right at the fork. Cross a bridge next to the railroad tracks to the parking area. The waterfall trail is on the other side of the brook.
For more information on spring attractions and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the Litchfield Hills of, contact the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (860) 567-4506.