Southford Falls State Park

Southbury, Connecticut 06488

Southford Falls State Park

Southford Falls State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"At this charming Connecticut state park, you will find scenic picnic lawns with big shade trees, a cascading waterfall tumbling through a small gorge, a covered bridge, Papermill Pond, and the sparkling tannin-colored waters of Eight Mile Brook—not bad for 120 acres. An efficient short trail offers a see-it-all hike. Historically, the racing falls powered various mills, including an early match factory.

With mostly gentle grades, this counterclockwise loop heads downstream along Eight Mile Brook, ascends the hill rising east of the brook, and returns along Papermill Pond. Historical remnants—old millstones, a steam-engine foundation, and a sluice pipe—hint at a bustling era before the park.
From the parking at Papermill Pond, hike the wide gravel lane south along the pond’s west shore toward the falls and core of the park. Papermill Pond reflects its wooded shore, but a wake from a muskrat can distort the watery duplicate."

Southford Falls State Park Reviews

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Easy. Love it. Great for quick hike and gorgeous waterfalls and covered bridge
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This was certainly a good morning hike - the falls, while not much higher than 70 feet with several steps along the way, provide a wonderful start to this beautiful area. The huge pipes that lay in the river downstream are a little obtrusive but interesting nonetheless. The first leg of the trail up some fairly steep terrain (littered with rocks for easy footing though) is near the road and kind of kills the mood as your breaking the only real sweat you'll get on this hike. The lookout tower gives a nice view of a farm off in the distance and not much else. After lookout tower it gets gorgeous with tons of boulder piles just begging to be climbed. The grading of the trail offers many picturesque views up and down the trail as well as off to the sides. Birds could be heard intermittently after Lookout Tower and the park area gives a nice place to cool down and just soak up some rays or do some lazy fishing (apparently - didn't have the pole w/ me that day). Certainly not a difficult hike but an okay sweat with some beautiful scenery.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
300 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1-1.5 hours
Spring through fall
Southford Falls State Park, Quaker Farms Road (CT 188), Southbury 06488; (203) 264-5169. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, State Parks, (860) 424-3200 or (866) 287-2757 (toll-free in CT);
Local Contacts
State park map (available online at
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Dec 2018