An elegant waterfall located in the rural town of New Preston in Litchfield County is a roadside attraction that won’t disappoint. The waters cascade in a way that adds such charm to the little town and makes for the perfect day trip or weekend outing.
The modest waterfall on East Aspetuck River is known as “New Preston Falls,” or “Aspetuck Falls” and is often easily visible from the roadside. If you aren’t able to catch a glimpse of the alluring natural attraction but want to know what all the talk is about, then you can easily pull into a small parking area on the side of Route 45 and take a short walk to see the falls.
The sight is a short drive from the shores of Lake Waramaug. To add to the hometown feel, at the top of the falls lies a charming home with a porch out back overlooking the sight (lucky owners they are!). Also perched atop the amazing waterfall is all of New Preston and the fine eateries and unique stores it has to offer, all along the East Shore of Lake Waramaug.
Litchfield County’s “most charming village,” New Preston is known for its traditional rural New England architecture and includes many well-preserved 18th and 19th century homes built in the Georgian, Greek Revival, and American Shingle styles, as well as 18th and early 19th century mills along the East Aspetuck River.
Antique barns and other agricultural outbuildings are also widely prevalent. The area is a great place to drive to if you’re looking for scenic views of rural Connecticut, and serves as a the perfect gateway to the Litchfield Hills.
Nearby attractions include Mt Bushnell State Park, Macricostas Preserve, Lovers Leap State Park, Kent Falls State Park, and the Hopkins Vineyard.
This article was originally published in 2009, but has been updated for accuracy and style.