Connecticut’s 10 Highest Waterfalls

Everyone enjoys a good waterfall. The rush of water over and through rocks is thrilling, the air temperature is notably cooler and, in season, there are usually good swimming and/or picnicking spots nearby. Height may not be the only thing you’re looking for in a waterfall, but it’s a good place to start. Here are the 10 highest falls in Connecticut:

1| Roaring Brook Falls, Cheshire.
Located on land owned and maintained by the Cheshire Land Trust, this waterfall features an 80-foot drop and is spectacular after a heavy rain.

2| Mount Carmel Spring Falls, Hamden.
Located within Sleeping Giant State Park, this fall of 76 feet comes to life in spring or during a rainy period.

3| Kent Falls, Kent.
One of Connecticut’s great natural attractions, Kent Falls drops in stages that amount to 250 feet over a quarter-mile stretch. It is located within Kent Falls State Park, which features nearby grassy areas and picnic tables.

4| Great Falls, Falls Village.
This is a waterfall so mighty, the surrounding town was named after it. These days, the volume depends upon the release of water from an upriver dam (or a heavy rainfall). 

5| Buttermilk Falls, Plymouth.
Truly a hidden gem, Buttermilk Falls is a lovely extended waterfall located in a hemlock glade owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy. The blue-blazed Mattatuck Trail runs alongside.

6| Wadsworth Little Falls, Middlefield.
This is a 52-foot stepped drop through surrounding Wadsworth Falls State Park with nearby hiking trails for easy access.

7| Dean’s Ravine Falls, Canaan.
As with most Connecticut falls, the best time for viewing is after a heavy rain or during spring snow melt-off. 

8| Stair Brook Falls, North Branford.
This fall is not far from the blue-blazed Mattabesett Trail.

9| Burr Falls, Torrington.
These falls, featuring a drop of 43 feet, are located within Burr Pond State Park, making them a nice added feature for an outing, hike or picnic.

10| Yantic Falls, Norwich.
These high and wide falls in downtown Norwich are also known as Indian Leap Falls after a legend in which warring tribes battled to their deaths here.

To this list, we added another one: Campbell Falls in Norfolk, which seems to be so secluded that it appears unknown to many. Campbell Falls is located within Campbell Falls State Park Reserve on the Connecticut/Massachusetts border, and, in truth, the 100-foot falls may actually be located just over the line. But it is a spot well worth seeking out, especially on a summer day.

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