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16 of the Best Waterfalls in Connecticut

Did you know that there were so many waterfalls in CT?! Now of course they are not all as tall as Kent Falls (the tallest waterfall in Connecticut) but to me, they are all worth visiting and make for a great hike or walk!

girl in purple leggings sitting on a rock at base of waterfall in connecticut
Enders Falls

For each waterfall I include what trail to take, how long the walk is, how tall the waterfall is, swimming access, parking, ease of accessibility, and anything else I think would be helpful for you to know.

The AllTrails map to each waterfall hike is linked in the title so all you have to do is click the title which is helpful when you are ready to navigate there since AllTrails has a ‘directions’ button located on the top left of the screen.

So what are the 16 most beautiful waterfalls in Connecticut to hike to?! Let’s see below…

1. Nonnewaug Falls, Woodbury, Litchfield County

connecticut water long exposure in summer surrounded by green leaves

One of my favorite waterfalls in CT! To me, this one feels like a little oasis. 🌿You walk for a bit and then there’s a little steep dirt section to get down to the falls but once down there it feels very private. This is one I want to go back to again and again!

HIKE TO: Nonnewaug Falls
TRAIL: Nonnewaug Falls Trail
WATERFALL HEIGHT: 30 ft
SWIMMING: water only comes up knee height from bottom pool
MILES: 1 mile
ELEVATION GAIN: 134 ft
TIME: 30 min
DATE I WENT: 9/7/22
DIFFICULTY: easy
PARKING: large lot
PERSONAL RATING: 4 ⭐️'S

2. Enders Falls, Granby, northern Hartford County

connecticut waterfall in summer with green leaves

For a hiking guide and more details on Enders Falls check out this post here all about hiking to Enders Falls! Take a nice, easy stroll down to Enders Falls where there are multiple waterfall drops along the way. I love Enders but it can be tricky to get good pictures of as there is fencing along the way to keep people from getting too close to the falls, with the exception of the very bottom waterfall drop which is the tallest. Once you get to the bottom of the trail (or paved staircase which makes up half of it) then you come to a large pool of water and the 30ft fall area that is much safe to walk around and even wade in a little bit.

HIKE TO: Enders Falls
TRAIL: Enders Brook Falls
WATERFALL HEIGHT: 30 ft
SWIMMING: no swimming allowed here (and super dangerous slippery rocks!)
MILES: 1 mile
ELEVATION GAIN: 134 ft
TIME: 30 min
DATE I WENT: 5/11/22
DIFFICULTY: easy
PARKING: large lot
PERSONAL RATING: 4 ⭐️'S

3. Campbell Falls, Campbell Falls State Park, Norfolk, Litchfield County

long exposure connecticut waterfall in summer with girl sitting at base of falls

This is another favorite! In any season. Feels like a perfect mini hike, this waterfall is away from traffic and busy streets so it truly feels like an escape and a secret in the woods. A narrow path meandering through tall tall evergreens makes this an enchanting experience! The last part down to the falls is pretty steep (and can be muddy/slippery) so I always wear my tall hiking boots here for stability.

HIKE TO: Campbell Falls
TRAIL: Campbell Falls 
WATERFALL HEIGHT: 50 ft
SWIMMING: not allowed
MILES: 1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 187 ft
TIME: 36 min
DATE I WENT: 9/10/22
DIFFICULTY: easy
PARKING: small lot
PERSONAL RATING: 5 ⭐️'S

4. Great Falls, Falls Village, Litchfield County

great falls in Canaan ct in the summer with rocks alongside it

Listen carefully for the correct directions to this one! You can either Google “Great Falls, CT” and navigate that way or click on the trail linked above in the title just to navigate to the correct parking lot. Navigate here and instead of crossing the street to start the Mount Prospect trail simply follow the trail/path along the water (water on your left), you shouldn’t miss it! After a few minutes, you’ll find an elevated view of the falls along a fence. There are good views and pictures spots here and down on the rocks or you can continue to follow the path further down.

HIKE TO: Great Falls
TRAIL: Mount Prospect and Raccoon Hill 
WATERFALL HEIGHT: 50 ft
SWIMMING: not possible/prohibited
MILES: .25 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: ~50 ft
TIME: 10 min
DATE I WENT: 5/14/22
DIFFICULTY: easy
PARKING: large lot
PERSONAL RATING: 4 ⭐️'S

5. Kent Falls, Kent, Litchfield County

kent falls Connecticuts tallest waterfall in summer

Come see Connecticut’s tallest waterfall! Kent Falls has multiple cascades and drops making the walk up alongside it a sight at the viewing platform. The trail is very kid friendly and accessible as it is part trail (natural ground) and part stairs, making the walk up non-technical. What is linked above is the red and yellow loop but I like just taking the red up on the right side of the falls until the top and then just coming back down that same way, finding new views of the falls that I want to stop and take photos at along each way.

HIKE TO: Kent Falls
TRAIL: Kent Falls Red Trail
WATERFALL HEIGHT: 250 ft total drop
SWIMMING: not possible/prohibited
MILES: .5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 125 ft
TIME: 30 min
DATE I WENT: 7/10/21
DIFFICULTY: easy
PARKING: very large lot, can be entrance fee for out of state vehicles
PERSONAL RATING: 5 ⭐️'S

6. Wadsworth Falls, Middletown, Middlesex County

Wadsworth waterfall in winter with ice and snow

The trail I linked above is the shortest way to the falls, it takes you right to a main parking lot where you have a super short walk to the falls. You can also choose to park at Wadsworth Falls State Park and take this 4-mile trail here but it is very hard to find the falls from this trail unless you are good at using AllTrails and following maps. 🙂 So, take your pick! You can even go to falls first with the shortcut I made and then go for the longer hike or vice versa. Depends on how much time you have.

HIKE TO: Wadsworth Falls
TRAIL: from parking lot 
WATERFALL HEIGHT: 25 ft
SWIMMING: not possible/prohibited
MILES: .16 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 16 ft
TIME: 10 min
DATE I WENT: 12/27/22
DIFFICULTY: very easy
PARKING: large lot
PERSONAL RATING: 4 ⭐️'S

7. Dean’s Ravine Falls, Falls Village, Litchfield County

waterfall surrounded by trees and woods in connecticut
Too bad about the fallen trees in front! Who wants to clean that up? 😍

This is a fun one that seems hidden in the woods yet right off of a somewhat busy road. The walk down to the falls (yes you will be walking down and then have a little climb on your way back!) can be a little rugged so I would wear boots that you don’t mind getting muddy and that have ankle support, AKA hiking boots! 🙂 There are some trees that have fallen in front of the main fall which makes it tricky to get close or get a good angle for photos but there’s lots to explore here and even some mini falls if you continue down the trail along Reed Brook.

HIKE TO: Dean's Ravine
TRAIL: Dean's Ravine Falls  
WATERFALL HEIGHT: 50 ft
SWIMMING: not possible/prohibited
MILES: 1.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 196 ft
TIME: 35 min
DATE I WENT: 11/12/22
DIFFICULTY: easy but rocky, wear boots
PARKING: just a couple spots along Music Mtn Rd
PERSONAL RATING: 3.5 ⭐️'S

8. Roaring Brook Falls, Cheshire, New Haven County

tall skinny waterfall surrounded by leaves in connecticut

While this waterfall can be tricky to get pictures of (from top to bottom) but I gave it 4 stars because I really enjoyed the hike up and especially the little waterfall at the very top of this trail (make sure you keep going past the main falls!) called Upper Roaring Brook Falls. I enjoyed this upper, though smaller, waterfall even better than the main fall! If you wanted to get down closer to the base of Roaring Brook Falls be prepared for a slick and steep descent (not part of the trail). I didn’t chance it this time! Would love to come back here in the fall. 🙂

HIKE TO: Roaring Brook Falls
TRAIL: Roaring Brook Falls via Roaring Brook Road 
WATERFALL HEIGHT: 80 ft
SWIMMING: not possible/prohibited
MILES: 1.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 377 ft
TIME: 45 min
DATE I WENT: 1/4/23
DIFFICULTY: moderate
PARKING: spots along road at end of cul-de-sac
PERSONAL RATING: 4 ⭐️'S

9. Chapman Falls, East Haddam, Middlesex County

chapman waterfall in spring with woman in red flannel sitting at base smiling

This is a really pretty waterfall located in Devil’s Hopyard State Park on the eastern side of our state which I feel like I rarely venture out to! There are several other trails here in this park if you wanted to make a longer hike or day of it. As soon as you step out of your car it’s a beautiful setting with a covered bridge and brook. Picture opportunities abound in here!

HIKE TO: Chapman Falls
TRAIL: Chapman Falls Loop 
WATERFALL HEIGHT: 60 ft
SWIMMING: not possible/prohibited
MILES: .4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 52 ft
TIME: 10 min
DATE I WENT: 5/8/22
DIFFICULTY: easy
PARKING: large lot
PERSONAL RATING: 4 ⭐️'S

10. Westledge Trail Cascades, Simsbury, Hartford County

small waterfall in connecticut in winter

The hike to this magical little waterfall is only .25 miles but if you click the trail linked above in the title, you can hike for 3.4 miles total and see Pilfershire which is an abandoned town known as “the Lost Village” in Simsbury. I think the whole hike is worth it as you can find the abandoned foundations of the town once there and it can be fun to explore. I love the ledge that sticks out here by the waterfall that you can walk under! And be sure to check out Northgate Falls while you’re there, the description below in waterfall #11.

HIKE TO: Westledge Cascades
TRAIL: Pilfershire Abandoned Town Trail 
WATERFALL HEIGHT: 8 ft
SWIMMING: possible
MILES: .25 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 100 ft
TIME: 30 min
DATE I WENT: 1/21/23
DIFFICULTY: easy
PARKING: small pull off on Firetown Rd
PERSONAL RATING: 4 ⭐️'S

11. Northgate Falls, Simsbury, Hartford County

Simsbury connecticut waterfall surrounded by leaves

From the pull-off on Firetown Road walk directly across the street where you’ll see a trail into the woods. You’ll walk down a small but somewhat steep section to the base of the falls. I liked this waterfall but I probably wouldn’t make the trip just for this one and would tie it into the waterfall and hike linked in #10 above. 🙂

HIKE TO: Northgate Falls
TRAIL: small trail off of Firetown Rd 
WATERFALL HEIGHT: 30 ft
SWIMMING: at base of falls only
MILES: .1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 50 ft
TIME: 10 min
DATE I WENT: 1/21/23
DIFFICULTY: easy
PARKING: small pull off on Firetown Rd
PERSONAL RATING: 3 ⭐️'S

12. Carpenter Falls, McLean Game Refuge, West Granby Historic

connecticut waterfall in fall surrounded by orange leaves and long exposure soft water

Though tiny, I love this waterfall as it feels like a secret oasis in the middle of the woods. You would never know it’s back there! There’s a little walk to get to it but after some rain, it’s a beautiful little fall that’s worth the walk. Not to mention, McLean Refuge, where it’s located, has beautiful trails and is worth a visit even without a waterfall here! I loved the tunnel of trees during the hike on the way in along the trail. It can be tricky to get down to the base of this waterfall for pictures so bring some waterproof and nonslip boots if you want to adventure around! 📸

HIKE TO: Carpenter Falls
TRAIL: Carpenter Falls via Broad Hill Rd 
WATERFALL HEIGHT: 18 ft
SWIMMING: not possible
MILES: 1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 242 ft
TIME: 45 min
DATE I WENT: 10/25/22
DIFFICULTY: easy
PARKING: large lot
PERSONAL RATING: 4 ⭐️'S

13. Cathles Trail Falls, West Simsbury, Hartford County

simsbury connecticut waterfall in the fall and in the sunlight on the trail

Note, the trail linked above is if you want to see the falls and do a full hike (3.5 miles total) with views along a ridge. If you want a shortcut trail to these falls (in under 1 mile) check out the second hike listed in my post here! These are really pretty after some rain and it’s a beautiful setting and hike if you decide to continue on.

HIKE TO: Cathles Trail Falls
TRAIL: Simsbury Land Trust Cathles South
WATERFALL HEIGHT: 60 ft
SWIMMING: not possible
MILES: .6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 100 ft
TIME: 20 min

DATE I WENT: 1/18/21
DIFFICULTY: easy
PARKING: parking along street at end of cut-de-sac
PERSONAL RATING: 4 ⭐️'S

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14. Bull’s Bridge Falls, Kent, Litchfield County

bulls bridge cascades waterfall Kent ct

Once again, the trail you click on in the title above is longer than it needs to be if you just want to hike in and see the falls and go back. Now, I guess I would call these cascades more than a single-drop waterfall but there are multiple options here. One; just after Bull’s Bridge (covered bridge) there is a little trail to the right that offers a view of part of Bull’s Bridge Falls. You can check it out and then continue on the trail linked above which will have you walking along a beautiful path with the Housatonic River and cascades all along your left. As you hike in (particularly during winter or early spring when there are no leaves) you will have a beautiful view of several small cascades alongside you. I like to walk up until the bridge (1 mile in) that goes over the river which at that point I turn back! It makes for a beautiful little hike.

HIKE TO: Bull's Bridge Falls
TRAIL: Appalachian Trail 
WATERFALL HEIGHT: 15 ft
SWIMMING: not possible/prohibited
MILES: as long as you want it to be!
ELEVATION GAIN: open
TIME: open
DATE I WENT: 4/10/22
DIFFICULTY: easy
PARKING: medium lot
PERSONAL RATING: 4 ⭐️'S for the setting

15. Buttermilk Falls, Plymouth, Litchfield County

woman sitting at base of falls in connecticut

I like this one, it’s a beautiful waterfall, I just don’t really like how you have to access it. 🤔The parking is along a steep neighborhood road and then there is a trail into the forest that you follow to the thundering Buttermilk Falls. You can get some great photos here I would just prefer to go with a friend rather than alone though I’m sure it’s a safe location. Unlike Carpenter Falls in Norfolk, it’s not where I would come to find some peace on my own given the proximity of the neighboring houses! But that’s just me. 🙂 It’s definitely worth a visit though and I’d love to come back for some better pictures of it!

HIKE TO: Buttermilk Falls
TRAIL: Buttermilk Falls Trail
WATERFALL HEIGHT: 55 ft
SWIMMING: not possible
MILES: .6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 114 ft
TIME: 25 min
DATE I WENT: 12/3/22
DIFFICULTY: easy
PARKING: pull off alongside road
PERSONAL RATING: 3 ⭐️'S

16. Blackledge Falls, East Glastonbury, Tolland County

woman standing next to Connecticut water surrounded by green trees and leaves
Long exposure shot with camera set up on a tripod! 🙂

What a pretty set of falls! Blackledge Falls is located alongside the 1,500+ acres of Gay City State Park. If you’d like to explore more of this park check out this 6.1 mile loop that takes you right by the falls. There are actually three different 25-foot drops of water here but depending on recent rainfall you might just see the middle, most prominent one. There are plenty of spots in the lot and arriving here on a Saturday morning aroound 9am we only saw two other people. There’s a tiny bit of uphill walking to get to the falls but it is a very easy and non technical trail. You’ll drop down into a little ravine where the waterfall which feels very private, surrounded by trees.

HIKE TO: Blackledge Falls
TRAIL: Blue and White Trails Loop in Gay City State Park
WATERFALL HEIGHT: 25 ft
SWIMMING: not possible
MILES: 1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 177 ft
TIME: 40 min
DATE I WENT: 9/16/23
DIFFICULTY: easy
PARKING: parking lot off Rt 94 Hebron Ave
PERSONAL RATING: 3.5 ⭐️'S

I hope you enjoyed this list of 16 waterfalls in CT! I am in the process of collecting more so bookmark this page for future reference.

And be sure to wear a pair of sturdy waterproof hiking boots when you visit so you can explore freely! Here is a link to my favorite pair by Merrell! 🙂

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