(including Worthy Waterfalls, and Cool Islands)

I’ve always been a map-lover and I don’t have to tell you that I love lists. So here’s my own list of what I define as the extreme and interesting points and things in Connecticut.

Jump to:
Geographic Extremes
Geographic Oddities
Waterfalls of Note
Cool Islands Worth Visiting
Crazy CT Historical Geography Disputes, Questions and Relics


Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg

Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg

Geographic Extremes

Extreme Connecticut Geography Tour 2012! – Truly inspired
10 Highest Peaks in Connecticut (Salisbury, Norfolk, Canaan & Sharon)

Highest Point: S. Slope of Mt. Frissell, Salisbury
The Westernmost Point, Greenwich
Northernmost Point, Salisbury
Southermost Point, Greenwich
Easternmost Point, Sterling
MA-RI-CT Tri-Point, Thompson
MA-NY-CT Tri-Point, Salisbury
Geographic center of Hartford, 151 Farmington Ave
The Largest Beach in CT, Madison
Largest Natural Lake, Bantam Lake, Litchfield/Morris
The Highest elevation pond, Bingham Pond, Salisbury
Deepest Lake, Lake Wononscopomuc, Salisbury

Highest summit: Bear Mountain, Salisbury
CT-RI-NY Tri Point: (In the Sound)
Geographic center of the state: East Berlin
Largest Lake: Candlewood Lake (Manmade), Northwest Hills
Most remote point, Cornwall (info)


Geographic Oddities

We don’t really have that many here, but one (the Southwick Jog) is a doozy. My page about it is a top-ten viewed page on CTMQ.

Point-No-Point, Lordship (Stratford)
The Southwick Jog, Granby/Suffield
Longmeadow Baby Jog, Enfield
Most Transient Land, Stonington Harbor
Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, Thompson (Webster, MA)
Palindromic Place-Name: Oxoboxo Lake/River, Montville
I found Evil in Colebrook. Seriously.

Fo' real.

Fo’ real.


Waterfalls of Note

I’ve toyed with the idea of pulling our waterfalls out of this section and creating its own, but nah. Too much effort.

I used to discount our state’s panoply of falls as being fairly lame, but I’ve since changed my view. Waterfalls are cool, darnit, so I figure I should give them their due. And not just because the 2013 Connecticut Waterfalls Guide cited me and this very website a few times. (Russell Dunn, a co-author, and I have become falls friends.)

The guide lists 94 falls, former falls, and cascades in the state. Some are silly in my opinion, but since Dunn and Butler got their guidebook published with 94 falls, I shall go find 94 falls. (Although, I already have at least one falls – Wolcott Falls in Hamden – that they missed, I’ll have more than 94.) Did you know that “waterfallers” is a word? Neither did I.

Falls along Falls Brook Trail, Hartland

Falls along Falls Brook Trail, Hartland

This list is a bit of a jumble. I’ve toyed around with the best way present this list over the years and have settled on “alphabetical by the real name of the real town the falls are in.” I’ve ignored the town designations noted in the book, as they were sometimes flat-out wrong or used villages and such (which I’ve put in parentheticals). Of course, I realize that I’ve made this list for me and pretty much no one else, so harping on its organization is kind of ridiculous.

Many were visited while hiking – well before I maintained this list. As a result, many of my “reports” are terrible. My pictures are worse. Fortunately for all of us, my friend Justin Coleman has allowed me to post his incredible pictures of the falls we’ve mutually visited. The juxtaposition of his pictures vs. mine are, frankly, hilarious.

Linked = visited and reported upon
Italicized = visited, but not yet reported upon
Asterisked = Not in the Connecticut Waterfalls guidebook
Bold = Not yet visited

Falls Cut Off Trail Falls, Barkhamsted
Spruce Brook Falls, Beacon Falls
Ragged Mountain Cascade, Berlin (Kensington)
Hopp Brook Falls, Bethany
Cussgutter Brook Cascades, Bristol
Brookfield Falls, Brookfield*
Bunnell’s Falls, Burlington
Sessions Woods Falls, Burlington
Great Falls, Canaan (Falls Village)
Roaring Brook Nature Center Falls, Canton
Diana’s Pool Falls, Chaplin (South Chaplin)
Roaring Brook Falls, Cheshire
Day Pond Brook Falls, Colchester (North Westchester?)
Colebrook Falls, Colebrook
Still River Gorge, Colebrook (Robertsville)
Dean’s Ravine, Cornwall (West Cornwall)
Hatch Brook Falls, Cornwall (Cornwall Bridge)
South End Avenue Ice Mill Falls, Durham*
Stair Brook Falls, Durham
Chapman Falls, East Haddam
Chapman Pond Preserve Cascades, East Haddam
Muddy Brook Falls, East Haddam
Sheepskin Hollow Preserve Falls, East Haddam
Glen Falls, East Hampton (Cobalt)
Pine Brook Falls, East Hampton
Tartia Falls, East Hampton (Middle Hampton?)
Scantic Rapids, Enfield (Hazardville)
Bailey’s Ravine Falls, Franklin (North Franklin)
Blackledge Falls, Glastonbury (East Glastonbury)
Cotton Hollow Cascades, Glastonbury (South Glastonbury)
Flat Brook Falls, Glastonbury (East Glastonbury)
Carpenter’s Falls, Granby (West Granby)
Enders Falls, Granby (West Granby)
Westledge Trail Cascades, Granby (West Granby)
Bear Hill Falls, Haddam (Higganum)
Seven Falls, Haddam (Higganum)
Unnamed Falls, Haddam
>Gorge Cascade Falls, Hamden
Wolcott Falls, Hamden*
Balance Rock Road Falls, Hartland (East Hartland)
Falls Brook Trail Falls, Hartland (scroll down)
Grayville Falls, Hebron (Amston)
Bulls Bridge Cascades, Kent (Bulls Bridge)
Housatonic River Gorge, Kent (Bulls Bridge)
Kent Falls, Kent
Macedonia Gorge Falls, Kent
Shaghticoke Road Falls, Kent
Thayer Brook Falls, Kent
Ninevah Falls, Killingworth
Knife Shop Falls, Litchfield (Northfield)
Indian Rock Shelter Trail Falls, Madison (North Madison)
Case Falls, Manchester
Center Springs Falls, Manchester
Wyllys Falls, Manchester
Codfish Falls, Mansfield (Mansfield Four Corners)
Mansfield Hollow Cascades, Mansfield (Mansfield Center)
Shelter Falls, Mansfield (Mansfield Four Corners)
Wadsworth Falls, Middlefield (Rockfall)
Wadsworth Little Falls, Middlefield (Rockfall)
Westfield Falls, Middletown
Black Pond Falls, Meriden
Wintergreen Falls. New Haven
(Site of ) Great Falls, New Milford
Mill Pond Falls, Newington
Prydden Brook Falls, Newtown (Stevenson?)
Buttermilk Falls, Norfolk
Campbell Falls, Norfolk(ish),
Waterfall on Blackberry River, North Canaan (East Canaan)
Yantic Falls (Indian Leap), Norwich
Cedar Mill Brook Falls, Oxford (Stevenson?)
Buttermilk Falls, Plymouth (Tolles)
Horseshoe Falls, Plymount (Terryville)*
Crystal Cascade, Portland
Cargill Falls, Putnam
Saugatuck Falls, Redding (Diamond Hill)
Caroline Glen Cascade, Roxbury
Jack’s Brook Cascade, Roxbury
Sages Ravine, Salisbury
Naugatuck Falls, Seymour
Farmill River Falls, Shelton
Indian Well Falls, Shelton
White Hills Brook Cascades, Shelton
Cathles Trail Waterfall, Simsbury
Tarrifville Gorge Cascades, Simsbury (Tarriffville)
Kettletown Brook, Southbury (Lakeside?)
Southford Falls, Southbury
Burr Falls, Torrington (Burrville)
Madden Pond Falls, Torrington
Pequonnock River Valley SP Falls, Trumbull
Hockanum Falls, Vernon (Rockville)
Lowden Brook Cascades, Voluntown
Spruce Glen Falls, Wallingford
Aspetuck Falls, Washington (New Preston)
Hancock Brook Cascades, Waterbury (Waterville)
Ambler Cascade, Weston
Merwin’s Falls, Wilton*
Sheep Falls, Wilton (Georgetown)
Still River Cascades, Winsted
Mad River Cascades, Wolcott
Nonnewaug Falls, Woodbury


Cool Islands worth visiting

Each of these is interesting. Trust me.

Haddam Island State Park
Menunketesuck Island
Minnie Island State Park
Selden Neck State Park
Sheffield Island
Salt Meadow Unit
Outer Island Unit
Thimble Islands
Charles Island

Candlewood Lake, the largest lake in Connecticut


Crazy CT Historical Geography Disputes, Questions and Relics

I’ve become fascinated with Colonial border disputes. Like the one where Connecticut refused to give up land down in the Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania. I’ll visit someday – since it used to be Connecticut after all.

Historic Geography/Charter dispute in Pennsylvania (Info)
Pennamite-Yankee War (Info) in Pennsylvania
Case Western Reserve, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Plum Island, NY
Fishers Island, NY



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  1. Jenny D says

    You are my hero of the week and possibly the year! Im such a history nerd, and am learning a lot from this site. I found it while doing a search on the institute of living, and sorry to say i didnt learn anything new in regards to that place…but I always did wonder about Pygmy village (been up there a few times, but never put two and two together as far as Nike is concerned) Anyways, besides me making you my new hero and me being super excited someone has the time and energy to get some awesome facts about good ole’ CT, I noticed that in this section of waterfalls and other geographical information that you didnt mention Mill Pond Falls in the center of Newington. Its the smallest natural running waterfall in the country and beautiful to all the senses. I am suprised you havent been, if im not mistaken you live W.H…you should def. check it out, its small but quite interesting like most things on your site.
    I discrovered your site a few hrs ago, like i said in my search about IOL, needless to say my search has come to a halt and my eyes are dry and heavy from reading all your interesting facts and info about the state. I lived in CT for my first 25 yrs and have been in FL the past 3. Thanks for all the info and hrs of time I will spend finding out all the wonderful things about CT that either I always wondered about or didnt have a clue about! Thanks again

  2. Don says

    Steve, as you are the “expert” on all things Connecticut and a fellow map lover, I thought you would find this announcement from ConnDOT interesting. Especially since they use the word “Perambulation”.

    “DOT to Begin State Boundary Marker Inspection

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) is announcing that the DOT is preparing to perform the State Line Perambulation – a program to inspect state-line boundary markers — beginning April 1, 2011, in eastern Connecticut.”

    How’s Damian doing?

    -Don W.

  3. says

    oh man, I would take off work to traipse around with the DOT perambulation crew. I’m still not clear on exactly where CT’s easternmost point it, so perhaps that would help.

    a boy can dream.

  4. John Nesklada says

    Surprised you do not have Buttermilk Falls, Terryville, CT listed. It’s on the Tunxis Blue trail. I guess you can also call it a ramble. Kind of hard to find, I get to it off of Route 6 in Terryville, and it kind of butts up into Wolcott. Thanks

  5. Elizabeth says

    You shoukd come to see the Great Falls in Falls Village and at the same time visit the Falls Villsge – Canaan Historical Society. I’m the Town Historian and Archivist and Curator for the Hist. soc, so message me if you’d like to visit. Love your web site and fb posts.

  6. says

    Buttermilk falls is on the Mattatuck trail between Jack’s cave and S. Main st in the Terryville section of Plymouth, CT.

    See pg. 119 in the Connecticut Walk Book west for the location/description of this beautiful terraced waterfall with a 60′ drop.

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