Spruce Brook Falls
Beacon Falls, CT

RATING: 3.0/5.0

Spruce Brook Falls
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STATE: Connecticut
COUNTY: New Haven County
TOWN: Beacon Falls
PARK: Naugatuck State Forest
TYPE: Plunges and cascades
HEIGHT: Largest plunge is 15 feet
WATER SOURCE: Spruce Brook
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.3 mile
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy side of moderate
HIKING TIME: 10 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: +75 feet
WHEN TO VISIT: Year Round
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: Page 33, L-17&18 (unmarked)
HANDICAP ACCESS: No
INCLUDED IN BOOK: Yes (Included in 2nd Edition of book as a full chapter)
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes
COST TO VISIT: Free
ALTERNATE NAMES: None Noted
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THE FALLS:

Spruce Brook Falls is one of only two waterfalls described in this guide that allows visitors to wander behind a waterfall. It is much easier to get behind the falling waters of Bartlett Falls in Vermont, but Spruce Brook Falls is the only other waterfall we are aware of where this is possible. For those who wish to take advantage of such a natural marvel, you will need to scramble down to and hop into the river. Once in the river, you can tuck yourself behind the falling water. This can only be safely done in low water conditions, though.
         At the base of the main falls, a 15-foot plunge, the rushing water is forced into rocks causing white foam to swirl around and look like a bubble bath. There are rust colored pools, the deepest of which approaches 6 feet of depth. There are cascades above and below, and further downstream there is a petite-sized waterslide, and even a pool with a swirling eddy. Further up the trail and beyond the main falls lies the last noteworthy waterfall?a segmented cascade over an egg-shaped boulder that sits in the center of the brook.
         The entire fragment of Spruce Brook we are describing lies in a ravine that supports an unusually large variety of plant life. This adds much color to the area. We think it deserves to be a contender as one of the prettiest ravines in all of New England.


TRAIL INFORMATION:

Please see trail information in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting information via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are interested in.


DIRECTIONS:

Please see directions in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting directions via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are looking for directions to.


SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:

We are hearing that access to the falls has been (at least temporarily) cut off. The area is posted as private property and an internet search is leading me to believe that a bridge was damaged. Access to these falls may or may not be available in the future. We will share more information as we receive it from readers. Photograph generously provided by Kris Link.




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