Local Trails: Roaring Brook Falls
Roaring it was not. This wasn’t much of a surprise based on the lack of rain we have had recently. A few weeks ago Chapman Falls at Devil’s Hopyard was also moving kind of slow, so we figured our hike to Roaring Brook was more of a recon mission. The day before some friends had told us there were waterfalls in Cheshire. We decided to go in search of them.
After Googling waterfalls in Cheshire we found right away what we were looking for, Roaring Brook Falls. The falls are part of the Cheshire Land Trust and are Connecticut’s highest single drop waterfall at 80 feet. I have to admit I didn’t pay too much attention to where we were suppose to park and ended up on the wrong Roaring Brook Rd. Instead of being on Roaring Brook Rd in Cheshire we were on the road with the same name in Prospect. Once we realized this was obviously the wrong place we headed back out and decided to park along Route 42 at a trailhead for the Quinnipiac Trail. At least I remembered reading the falls could be accessed from the blue blazed Quinnipiac Trail.
The parking lot itself can only fit about 4 cars but there is some spill over room along Route 42 for perhaps another 4 cars. From the parking lot we followed the blue blazes along Route 42 for a short distance. The trail is a bit overgrown here, but I would much rather walk behind the guard rail then along the street. Once crossing Route 42 the Quinnipiac Trail heads up the ridge toward the back side of Holiday Hill.
When you get up on the ridge there will be some up and down with at least 2 steep but brief sections. Occasionally you can get a glimpse through the trees. I would imagine that there is a nice view along the ridge once the leaves come off the trees. From Route 42 it was a little less than 1.5 miles to get to the Roaring Brook. Near the top of the falls the Cheshire Land Trust’s red trail meets up with the Quinnipiac Trail. The red trail offers the easiest way to hike down and see the different sections of the falls. Another option is an unblazed and very rugged trail that runs along the falls. It was along this section that I had a run in with a frog, literally. The frog jumped right into my shin and went wildly down the steep banks to the brook.
On this late summer day you could still see waterfalls, but you had to use your imagination a little to get how Roaring Brook got its name. There is evidence of rocks and trees that have been pushed down by raging, angry waters. You can even see some of the rocks are darker that spend most of the year covered in water. Even without roaring waters it still made for a nice hike. I would have to imagine that this is a great place to visit after a good snow melt.
If you want to visit the falls but not go along the Quinnipiac Trail you can park on Roaring Brook Rd in Cheshire. This road is off of Mountain Rd. It is a shorter hike but be prepared for a bunch of uphill hiking to get to the falls.