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 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.
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.