Since I'll probably still be in CT on Sunday after a fun Saturday :], I felt like going on a hike and to see a bunch of waterfalls. Also a chance to start using my digital camera to take pictures for future gallery paintings.
We are going to meet at Super Stop & Shop. So that way we can wait for everyone else and then we can follow each other or carpool.
We are going to two different waterfalls [ Carpenter's Falls (One Waterfall) and Enders Falls (Series of 6 Waterfalls)] which are located in Granby, CT. They're both in the Hartford County. It takes about 30 minutes to get to Granby from Hartford/Manchester,CT.
[Carpenter's Falls Info]
Difficulty - Easy
Trail Length - Less than 0.1 mi
Hiking Time - Negligible
Trail Information - From the parking area, head downstream on a trial that begins to the left of the bridge. The falls are just ahead. A spur path leads right to an observation point at the middle of the falls. If you travel downstream a few additional feet, another spur path will swing around the base of the falls.
Directions - From the junction of CT 20, US 202, CT 189, and CT 10 in the town of Granby, take CT 20 west for 2.5 miles and take a left onto Day Street South, Follow Day Street South for 0.6 mile and take a right onto Simbury Road. Follow Simbury Road for 0.7 mile and take a left onto Broad Hill Road. Follow Broad Hill Road for 0.2 mile and you will reach a sign that says that the road is not maintained in winter. At this point, the road becomes a rough dirt road that should not be attempted by the average passenger car. For those with higher clearance (SUVs will most likely be fine), it is another 0.7 to the trailhead, which is just before a bridge over Beach Brook. A sign for the MCLEAN GAME REFUGE marks the trailhead. To get to granby, take I-91 north from Hartford to exit 40 and follow CT 20 west.
[Enders Falls Info]
Difficulty - Easy side of moderate
Trail Length - 0.4 mile to lowest falls, including all spur trails
Hiking Time - 15 minutes to the lowest falls
Trail Information - This is a long trail information.
 From the parking lot facing the woods, walk downhill on the trail to your right. In less than 500 feet, you will reach a very short spur path that leads to the top of 6 ft cascade. This is the first set of falls. To reach the other falls here, head back to the main trail, which will swing left and continue down a nicely maintained gravel path. In less than 300 ft, you will arrive at another short spur path that leads down to several small cascades. Continue straight here, and in 50 ft take the a right onto another trail that leads down to the river via a series of wooden steps. Soon you will reach the top of the third falls, where you can look upstream to spot the second of falls, which are about 75 ft away. For the vest views of both the second and third falls, you will want to find a safe place to cross the stream. The views and photographic opportunities are significantly improved on the opposite side of the stream of these two falls.
 To reach the fourth set of falls, cross back over the stream and continue downstream with the water on your right for 350 ft past the third set of falls. The fifth set of falls is only 100 ft farther downstream from the fourth, but you will have to hike downhill a bit farther than that to find a spur trail. This spur trail will wind back upstream to the falls.
Directions - From the junction of US 20, CT, 189 CT, CT 10, and CT 202 in the town of Granby, take US 20 west for 3.6 miles to its junction with CT 219. Take a left onto CT 219 south (also called Barkhamsted Road), and drive 1.3 miles. The parking lot will be on your left, marked with a sign for Enders state Forest.
I got this information from my book. I'm pretty sure this one will give us enough time to hike, explore, and relax by the waterfalls. Hopefully next time, we can check out the other waterfalls in a different county.
[WHAT TO BRING]
- Hiking shoes [Waterproof]
- Backpack fill with foods, and water
- Bug spray
- Flip flops/Sandals to change after hiking
- Full Charge Cellphone, and Full Tank of Gas in your car
- Camera if you want
It's all I could think for now. If anyone wants to see another waterfall in the Hartford County, then please post and I'll see if it's near the location of the other two Waterfalls.