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Roaring Brook Trail

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 4.3 (3)

A trail to Roaring Brook Falls and connects with the Quinnipiac Trail.


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1.3

Miles

2.1

KM

69%

Runnable

628' 191 m

High

187' 57 m

Low

450' 137 m

Up

414' 126 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Waterfall

Need to Know

While this trail is purportedly blazed red, there are very few actual blazes and social trails abound. Because of this, it is important to be very careful while running this trail that borders a deep and steep ravine.

Description

The trail begins at a kiosk with a fairly abstract map that admonishes the runners to follow the red trail. It then continues on a wide doubletrack as it passes over a small berm between two parts of a pond and a rundown tennis court. Continuing on it passes a rather new-looking sign for Roaring Brook Park. It then turns into the woods and passes an old chimney. At this point, the trail starts to get fairly confusing; the blazes are not as distinct as they could be and it is intertwined with a large number of social trails.

After the next incline, the falls can be heard and after a little while longer, they can also be seen. Roaring Brook Falls, the tallest waterfall in the state, is a long system of falls that continue along a deep ravine and drops a total of 80 feet. While the falls are wonderful, the ravine in which they flow is equally as spectacular. While steep, this part of the trail provides the best views of the falls.

The trail continues upwards on a steep incline. Here especially, the lack of trail blazes poses a bit of a problem. Nonetheless, the trail reaches the far better blazed and maintained Quinnipiac Trail. It continues for a little while until it then diverges off on a wide, unmarked trail. While it gets very steep, this trail is not horribly maintained. It then joins back with the trail that leads back to the falls. Taking a left returns to the parking area.

Contacts

Shared By:

Patrick Neary with improvements by Daniel McCloskey

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Photos

Lifting of the morning fog.
Dec 13, 2020 near Cheshire, CT
The entirety of the falls.
Dec 13, 2020 near Cheshire, CT
Roaring Brook Falls
Mar 17, 2020 near Prospect, CT
Crossing Roaring Brook
Dec 13, 2020 near Prospect, CT
Chimney
Mar 17, 2020 near Cheshire, CT
Park sign
Dec 13, 2020 near Cheshire, CT

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