Saturday, November 12, 2016

Day 12: Roaring Brook Falls

Forested preserve, part of rugged 75-acre State & Town park. Ravine with cascading brook and Connecticut's second-highest waterfall.

Roaring Brook sketch by Tony Falcone
Size: 14.7 acres
Nearest Road: Roaring Brook Road
Public Access: Yes
Acquisition: December 1978
Easement Expired: 2003
Donor: Lawrence Copeland 

Roaring Brook Falls and the surrounding land is owned by the Town of Cheshire and the State of Connecticut.  The Cheshire Land Trust held a conservation easement over a portion of this land from 1978 to 2003. 

CLT was, however, instrumental in Roaring Brook's preservation.  Led by Thomas Pool, CLT advocated for the property's protection and worked hard to develop public support.  The property was eventually preserved through a mixture of local, state, and CLT involvement.

A detailed description and gallery of photos is on the CLT website's Roaring Brook page.  A web search will also reveal numerous links and a trove of other information and pictures related to Roaring Brook Falls.

Roaring Brook is one of the best hiking spots in Cheshire. A red-blazed trail leads from a small parking area (at the end of Roaring Brook Court) up the slopes of Prospect Ridge, passing by the falls, and all the way up to the Quinnipiac Blue Trail.  The blue trail passes through the Roaring Brook property along its route between Bethany Mountain Road and Cornwall Avenue (in Prospect).  Details shown on a 1980s-era sketch map and trail guide to the property are still quite accurate today. 

Roaring Brook is open to the public. As a public park owned by the Town of Cheshire, Town rules for use apply.  Some rules are posted at the trailhead.  Please check with the Cheshire Park & Recreation Department for additional information.

Do you live next to or near Roaring Brook Falls?  We'd love to hear about what you've seen on this land!  Please join the Cheshire Land Trust at to help up protect and maintain great open space properties around Cheshire.

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