Originally named Tunxis, meaning "the beautiful river that ripples down through the hills", the west branch of the Farmington River was designated a "National Wild and Scenic River" in 1994. This 14 mile stretch begins at the Hogback Dam in Colebrook, and wends its way through the Litchfield Hills to the New Hartford/Canton town line. The Farmington is the first river in Connecticut and the fourth in New England to be awarded this special status.The unspoiled tree lined banks of this scenic waterway form an unbroken bower of green, interspersed with golden meadows, charming villages, steep cliffs and craggy ledges, giving lovers of the great outdoors a sense of wilderness. The river is a recreational haven, offering canoeing, kayaking and tubing enthusiasts a diverse environment to explore, from quiet pools of slow moving water, to exhilarating Class I, II and III boulder strewn white water rapids. The Farmington, also popular with anglers, has the state's largest trout management area and is considered by many, to be one of the best trout streams in the state.
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