Outdoor Activities

Southford Falls: One of CT’s Hidden Gems

Written by Sean Henri

Southford Falls State Park on the Oxford-Southbury border is one of the best-kept secrets of CT, full of beauty and perfect for all kinds of outdoor activities.

Whether you want to go fishing, picnicking, play a field sports, run down a nature trails, or simply take a scenic stroll, you’ll always find something to do at Southford Falls State Park.

The falls are bound to astound with their cascading water and the nature that surrounds the park that you along the trails. Southford Falls is a perfect adventure any day you are craving some fresh air.Southford Falls

The Park

Southford Falls is located on the Oxford-Southbury line (where do you think the name Southford came from, anyway?). The 169-acre park, established in 1932, used to be the site of the Diamond Match Company and is now a designated Trout Park, stocked weekly with trout from the state’s fish hatcheries.

It offers pond and stream fishing, picnicking, field sports, hiking, ice skating, cross country skiing, and sledding depending on the season. The fast flowing waters of Eight Mile Brook as it drops steeply from Lake Quassapaug to the Housatonic River provides scenic waterfalls which are at the southeast end of the park. These falls are the iconic focal point of the park, and you’ll love the beauty they offer.

The trail itself is about a 1.8-mile loop. Along the way, you’ll be sure to find beautiful flowing waters, a covered wooden bridge crossing the gorge, and a series of scenic falls.

Southford Falls Covered Bridge

 

If You Want to Go

Southford Falls State Park is located at 175 Quaker Farms Road, Southbury, which is located off I-84 (Exits 15 and 16) in Southbury. The park is open year round from 8am to sunset. Pets on a leash are permitted in picnic areas and on hiking trails. There is no parking fee at Southford Falls State Park. The park also offers handicap accessibility for parking and picnic areas.

You can find a trail map for Southford Falls State Park here.

This post was originally published in 2009 and has been updated for accuracy and style.

Southford Falls in Winter

About the author

Sean Henri

Sean is the founder and editor of The Connecticut Weekender, and CEO and Founder of Pepperland Marketing. He's a lifelong CT resident and frequently blogs about the outdoors, beer, food, family life and small business in CT. Follow him on Twitter at @SeanHenri.

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  • One of my favorite spots all the way around. Walking, fishing, photography. Very beautiful and serene.

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