Each year, people travel the globe to witness the magnetic power of water thundering over a cliff's edge and falling to its final, tranquil resting place.
And while waterfalls exist worldwide, you don't have to travel far from home to see one. Whether you wander through a state park or hike uphill just for a glimpse, you'll be amazed by the beauty of Connecticut's remarkable waterfalls.
Keep reading to find out where some of Connecticut's best waterfalls are hiding.
Day Pond Brook Falls, Colchester
Hidden behind an extensive layer of thick shrubbery until 2010, Day Pond Brook Falls has only just recently become viewable to the public eye. You'll begin your hike on the Blue-Blazed South Loop Trail. After about a half-mile, take a right at the trail junction sign and head downhill until you're met with this glorious series of cascades, spanning 40 feet in total.
Wadsworth Falls, Middletown
A preserved natural area located along the Coginchaug River, Wadsworth State Park offers 285 acres of hiking trails. The park is home to two waterfalls. After a short hike, you'll come across the larger of the two. Standing at 25 feet tall, this is one of the highest volume waterfalls in New England. Keep hiking and you'll come across little falls, an equally tranquil waterfall that provides a beach and swimming area.
Great Falls, Canaan
Sometimes referred to as Housatonic Falls, this waterfall stands at a striking 50 feet tall. You don't need to hike far to see this natural wonder. Located just steps from the parking lot located on Housatonic River Rd, Great Falls is best seen in the Spring during peak rain season.
Kent Falls, Kent
A series of water plunging over a quarter-mile of rocky terrain, Kent Falls is a pretty waterfall located in Kent Falls State Park. Spend the day hiking, picnicking, and taking in the gorgeous scenery at this very well maintained park.
Chapman Falls, East Haddam
Located inside the Devil's Hopyard State Park, Chapman Falls transforms into a powerful torrential stream after heavy rainfall. The trails leading to this waterfall are open year-round.
Yantic Falls, Norwich
An impressive waterfall located well off the beaten path. Yantic Falls can be seen from a pedestrian bridge for optimal views. You'' be able to find parking at a lot just below the falls, the path to the falls is just a short walk up a small hill from there.
Spruce Brook Falls, Beacon Falls
One of the toughest hikes, the views from the top of this waterfall are well worth the sweat. Spruce Brook Falls plunges 15 feet and into a pool below. Continue your hike on the blue trail for a series of other smaller falls and water pools.
Knife Shop Falls, Litchfield
Comprised of three separate cascades, Knife Shop Falls span over 35 feet. Each fall is unique, and you'll definitely want to see every section in its entirety. To get here, you'll enter through Humaston Brook State Park and begin on a very easy hike that only takes a few minutes of walking to see the falls.