Make a Splash at Connecticut’s Most Spectacular Waterfalls Last Updated: April 2021

Visiting Connecticut’s waterfalls is a fantastic way to get out while remaining socially distant. 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 parks, scenic picnic spots, and places to eat safely outdoors.

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Kent Falls State Park, Kent

Experience the scenic, cascading waterfalls in the beautiful Litchfield Hills. Wander across the covered bridge, hike the falls 1/4 mile up along the stair pathway and feel the mist on your face as water rushes 250 feet down into a reflecting pool that joins with Housatonic River. As you hike the easy, but steep, trail stop along the way to enjoy the many scenic views from three observation decks. A designated Trout Park, Kent Falls offers opportunities for fishing as well as picnicking.

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Mount Carmel Spring Falls, Hamden

Located within Sleeping Giant State Park, this fall of 76 feet comes to life during a rainy period. After taking in the beautiful views, stop by Aunt Chilada’s for some socially distant outdoor dining – and great Mexican cuisine.

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Blackledge Falls, Glastonbury

Right near Gay City State Park, Blackledge Falls are a hidden gem. Depending on recent precipitation, the water may fall in one, two, or three different plunges, with a perfectly vertical drop from the middle plunge. After exploring, swing by Bricco Trattoria just across town for delicious Italian cuisine on a socially distanced outdoor patio.

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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 make a stop at Comstock Covered Bridge, one of the only covered bridges left in Connecticut!

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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 Woodcreek Bar & Grill.

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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.

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"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.

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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

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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 nearby Woodcreek Bar & Grill in Norfolk.

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Roaring Brook Falls, Cheshire

This waterfall features an 80-foot drop and is spectacular after 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.

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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.