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Roaring Brook Park, Cheshire

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#137 of 196 in Parks in Connecticut
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Roaring Brook Falls is a waterfall in the southwestern hills of Cheshire, Connecticut in the Northeastern United States. Formed as the eponymous Roaring Brook descends a wooded cliffside on West Mountain, the waterfall is an 80-foot horsetail and ranks as one of the tallest in the state.
Recovered arrowheads suggest that Algonquian Native Americans frequented the vicinity of Roaring Brook Falls prior to the arrival of settlers from the Connecticut Colony. Beginning as early as the 17th century, the surrounding landscape was clear-cut for agriculture and the falls were harnessed to power a stream-side mill. By the late 1800s, Roaring Brook Falls had become something of a local landmark with visitors from the nearby city of New Haven touring the area and enjoying the scenery.
The property encompassing the waterfall was still privately owned in 1974 when concerned locals discovered that it might be sold for development. Significant efforts were launched to save the property and, by 1978, the waterfall and surrounding forest was cooperatively preserved by the Town of Cheshire and the Cheshire Land Trust. Use our Cheshire trip itinerary maker site to arrange your visit to Roaring Brook Park and other attractions in Cheshire.
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  • Nice short walk up a steep incline To lovely waterfalls Incline is steep but while walk is 30 minutes 1 way 
    Nice short walk up a steep incline To lovely waterfalls Incline is steep but while walk is 30 minutes 1 way  more »
  • Was nice weekend and decided a walk would be perfect, especially since its January. Decided this would be perfect as not far from house. Beautiful area. 
    Was nice weekend and decided a walk would be perfect, especially since its January. Decided this would be perfect as not far from house. Beautiful area.  more »
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  • Lovely, little, park. Easy walking/hiking - paths well marked by prior foot traffic - blazes we're a bit iffy. Would recommend for a shorter experience, we plan to go back.
  • Soooo pretty. Fairy taly type forest, and quite enchanting despite a steep path to the top. Bring a walking stick, and it's perfect.

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