CASCADES ALONG SCHAGHTICOKE ROAD


Kent, Connecticut



RATING: 2.0 / 5.0 stars (Good) Cascades Along Schaghticoke Road, Connecticut (see below for larger image and additional photographs)
STATE: Connecticut
COUNTY: Litchfield
TOWN: Kent
PARK: None
PRIVATE PROPERTY: Unknown (both falls are likely on property that lies within the Schaghticoke Indian Reservation)
TYPE: Horsetails
HEIGHT: Southernmost falls are 60 feet; northernmost falls are 30 feet
WATER SOURCE: Unnamed streams
WATERSHED SIZE: Low
TRAIL LENGTH: Roadside
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy
HIKING TIME: None
ALTITUDE GAIN: None
WHEN TO VISIT: April to May
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: Page 40, J-3 (the falls are not marked on the CT atlas/map)
HANDICAP ACCESS: Yes
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes
COST TO VISIT: Free (as of 2016)
LENS TO BRING: Standard (35-70mm) and/or short telephoto (70-105mm)
ALTERNATE NAMES: None noted
GPS-TRAILHEAD: Southernmost falls: 41°41.43, -73°30.35
Northernmost falls: 41°41.86, -73°29.99
GPS-WATERFALL: Southernmost falls: 41°41.43, -73°30.35
Northernmost falls: 41°41.86, -73°29.99
COMPASS: 180 degrees (when N on the compass is pointed towards the falls)
INCLUDED IN BOOK?: Yes, the falls are included XXXX of the guidebook
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TRAIL INFORMATION

The southernmost of the two falls is very close to the road and although they may technically lie on private property, I don't think anybody would care if you explored them a little bit. Take note that the terrain is especially steep and potentially dangerous here though.

The northernmost of the two falls is 75 feet into the woods and is located between two private residences. Although there were no signs in place limiting public access on my visit in 2017, you'd be walking through somebody's backyard to get to these falls. For this reason, views to these falls should be limited to those offered from the road.

DIRECTIONS

From the junction of US-7 and CT 341 in Kent, take US-7 south for 3.8 miles and turn right onto Bulls Bridge Road. Bulls Bridge Road is also 2.6 miles north of the junction of US-7 and CT 55 in Gaylordsville. Follow Bulls Bridge Road west for 100 feet you'll see a parking lot on the left. This is the trailhead for the Bulls Bridge Cascades and also the Housatonic River Gorge & Cascades. To continue on to the Cascades Along Schaghticoke Road, drive through the Bulls Bridge covered bridge and drive 0.3 miles further west along Bulls Bridge Road. Take a right onto Schaghticoke Road (no sign in 2017). The first cascade will be on the left after driving north on Schaghticoke Road for 1.1 miles. There is some room to park on the left hand side of the road here, but not much. The second falls is found on the left 0.7 mile further north along the road (or 1.8 miles north of Bulls Bridge Road). These second falls are set back 75 feet into the woods and may be tough to spot once leaves grow in each spring.

To get to Kent, take US-7 north from Danbury or US-7 south from Great Barrington in Massachusetts.

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OPTIONAL HIKES

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PHOTOGRAPHS

Cascades Along Schaghticoke Road, Connecticut
the southern of two cascades along Schaghticoke Road

Cascades Along Schaghticoke Road, Connecticut
the southern of two cascades along Schaghticoke Road

Cascades Along Schaghticoke Road, Connecticut
the northern of two cascades along Schaghticoke Road

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  • Waterfalls Near North Conway, New Hampshire = link
  • Waterfalls Near Stowe, Vermont = link
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OTHER WATERFALL GUIDEBOOKS

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  • Waterfalls of the White Mountains: 30 Hikes to 100 Waterfalls (2nd Edition: 1999) = link
  • Connecticut Waterfalls (1st Edition: 2014) = link
  • Rodrick's Guide to Vermont Waterfalls, Cascades & Gorges (1st Edition: 2014) = link
       

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