Connecticut probably doesn’t conjure up many thoughts of waterfalls, but there are actually a surprising number in this small state. The Berkshire Mountain range passes through portions of Connecticut, leading to enough topographical changes to produce some waterfalls.
Northwest of Hartford is a set of waterfalls (on the same stream) known as Enders Falls. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly how many significant drops there are, because it depends on your definition of “significant.” I found four obvious drops during my visit, but I’ve seen five and six reported also. It may also depend on how adventurous you are, as there might be more falls further downstream. The first of these waterfalls, the furthest upstream I observed, is not the most exciting of the bunch. Don’t let that deter you from visiting this area, though, as the falls are very scenic. I do think this falls is nice, it’s just not very tall. If it were the only one there, I wouldn’t suggest going out of my way to visit it.
1) From Hartford, head northwest toward Granby. If you were at the Hartford Airport, you could exit and head west along CT-20.
2) Keep going on CT-20 through Granby until you come to the intersection with CT-219. (If you’re coming from another direction, head toward CT-219.)
3) From CT-20, turn left onto CT-219 (Barkhamsted Road).
4) About 1.5 miles from the intersection of CT-20 and CT-219, you’ll find a sign for Enders State Forest on your left. Park here and start the hike to the falls. It’s just less than half a mile one-way.
Where in the World is Enders Falls #1?: map