Waterfalls -- Nature's Symphony

There are few sounds more romantic than the tumbling rhythms of a waterfall-- and no better place to hear them than the Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut. From the roar of steep falls plunging over 200 feet to the foaming, cascading ripples of a brook, these scenic hills are home to more than a dozen beauties. Below are some of our favorites anytime of year:

Buttermilk Falls Plymouth, Rte. 8 Ex. 39 to Rte. 6 east, right on S. Main St., left on Lane Hill Rd. 55-ft majestic beauty, owned by the Nature Conservancy, tumbles over ledges in a series of creamy-white cascades through a hemlock-lined gorge to form dramatic pools at the bottom.

Campbell Falls, Norfolk, Rte. 272 north to Norfolk Rd., to Campbell Falls State Forest. This treasure is formed when the Whitney River tumbles over rocks in a narrow gorge. The water plummets down 60 feet in two steep steps, each ending in a small pool. The weathered rocks make an ideal picnic setting.

Dean's Ravine Falls, Canaan, Jtc. Rte. 7 and 112, take Rte. 7 north, right on Lime Rock Station Rd., left on Music Mountain Rd., parking on left jct. of Cream Hill Rd. Take the blue blazed trail. One of the wildest and most beautiful spots of its kind in the state, the trail, leads to a dramatic vertical 50-foot drop with flowing cascades in this unspoiled ravine.

Kent Falls, Kent, Rte. 7. The stream known as Falls Brook makes a dramatic 200-foot drop. A path through the hemlocks leads to the top and provides lookouts of the state's highest falls. Picnic grounds are set in a meadow at the foot of the waterfall.

Negro Hill Brook Falls, Burlington, Rte. 69, Session Woods Wildlife Management Area. A side trail off Beaver Dam Trail leads to a series of three boulder strewn plunging waterfalls. An added bonus is the information on the biodiversity of the park found along the way.

Prydden Brook Falls, Newtown, I-84 Ex.10, to Rte. 6 to Rte. 34 south, left on Great Quarter Rd. Take the blue blazed trail along shoreline of Lake Zoar (1.5 mi) to Prydden Brook, side trail to falls on right. The falls begin and end with a 25 ft plunge to 40 feet of frothy cascades over moss-covered rocks.

Southford Falls, Oxford, I-84 to Ex.16 to Rte. 188 south, Southford State Park. Eight Mile Brook runs down from Lake Quassapaug in a bubbling cascade on its way to join the Housatonic River. Romantics can picnic on a rock adjacent to the falls or on one of the secluded picnic tables by a covered bridge.

Spruce Brook Falls, Beacon Falls, Ex. 24 off Rte. 8, right off exit cross an iron bridge, right on Lopus Rd., right on Cold Spring Rd., at fork bear right, cross a bridge next to RR tracks to parking area, trail on other side of the brook. One of the most beautiful ravines in the state. It is the only waterfall offering visitors the unusual experience of wandering behind the falls for a reverse view of the action as water.