Make a Splash at Connecticut’s Most Spectacular Waterfalls Last Updated 7/16

One of the best things about waterfalls in Connecticut is how easy they are to reach. Often located just off the trail — sometimes even just off the road — Connecticut's waterfalls make for refreshing spots to enjoy some great hiking. We've also included some suggestions for other nearby hiking (including some dog-friendly hiking trails!), scenic picnic spots and nearby swimming holes around waterfalls in CT.

Previous Next

Kent Falls, Kent

One of Connecticut’s great natural attractions, Kent Falls is located within Kent Falls State Park, which features nearby grassy areas and picnic tables. Feel the mist on your face as water cascades 250 feet down on its way to joining the Housatonic River. Extend your stay to this beautiful region with an overnight at the Inn at Kent Falls, or grab lunch or dinner at the Fife & Drum Restaurant.

Previous Next

Enders Falls, Granby

A short hike through this state forest will reward you with views of a spectacular series of waterfalls all along the way. Better yet, these waterfalls, both large and small, feed into pools where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. Dogs on a leash are welcome too, so it's a great place for you and your dog to enjoy the scenery as well as take a cool dip on a hot day. Grab breakfast or lunch at the cozy Lite N Up Eatery in Granby.

Previous Next

Chapman Falls, East Haddam

Within Devil’s Hopyard State Park, these falls are known for smooth, perfectly round holes in the rocks, which some early settlers believed were made by the devil’s hooves as he hopped from stone to stone. You can fish, camp or picnic here. And while you’re in East Haddam, have lunch on the scenic patio at the Gelston House and don’t miss the views of the Connecticut River from nearby Gillette Castle State Park!

Previous Next

Campbell Falls, Norfolk

If you’re short on time but still longing for a rewarding hike, you’ll find Campbell Falls, just north of the town of Norfolk off of Route 272, the perfect spot. Take Campbell Falls Road and park in the dirt parking area. Follow the trail a short distance to the falls. Dogs on a leash are welcome as well. After your visit, head down to Norfolk for lunch at Haystack Pizza

Previous Next

Wadsworth Falls, Middlefield

A level walk from the parking lot takes you to the brink of these scenic falls. While there's no swimming allowed at the falls themselves, there is a swimming hole nearby if you want to take a refreshing dip. You can also picnic in designated areas and bring a dog along on a leash. Lyman Orchards, home to a famous farm market, is right down the road. It's a great place to pack your picnic lunch or stop for a snack.

Previous Next

"Burr" Falls, Torrington

Easily spotted from Burr Mountain Road, these falls in Burr Pond State Park are technically unnamed, but no less scenic. After your visit, join up with the blue-blazed John Muir Trail for a hike around Burr Pond State Park, where you'll find some great spots for a picnic or a swim.

Previous Next

Indian Well Falls, Shelton

Tucked inside Indian Well State Park along the Housatonic River, this scenic waterfall ends in a circular splash pool at the base of the falls. There is a swimming area nearby, and hiking trails as well. Bring a picnic to enjoy, or head down Route 110/Howe Avenue into Shelton for brunch or lunch at Center Street Social

Previous Next

Great Falls, Falls Village

One of the most powerful waterfalls in the region when it’s in full force from March until June, the Great Falls of the Housatonic puts on a spectacular show. There’s no swimming, but you can bring a dog on a leash. Stop for lunch at Toymakers Cafe in Falls Village.

Previous Next

Roaring Brook Falls, Cheshire

This waterfall features an 80-foot drop — and is spectacular after a heavy rain. It's located on land owned and maintained by the Cheshire Land Trust. While there’s no swimming allowed, you can bring a dog on a leash. On your way in or out, stop at Sweet Claude’s Ice Cream in Cheshire for a treat.

Previous Next

Spruce Brook Falls, Beacon Falls

Located in the Naugatuck State Forest, Spruce Brook Falls are easily accessible after only a ten-minute hike to the trail head across from the parking area. The 15-foot drop causes rushing water to swirl and bubble around like a bath, just one reason many have called this one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Connecticut.