Hot Spots to Cool Down in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut
Summer’s heating up fast but luckily northwest Connecticut is home to some seriously beautiful bodies of water. So, jump in, cool off and enjoy everything that the rolling hills of NWCT has to offer this July.
The Housatonic River reaches from western Massachusetts down through Connecticut for almost 150 miles, draining out into the Long Island Sound. Visit Clarke Outdoors on Route 7 in Cornwall, conveniently located across from the river, and rent a canoe, kayak or raft. The store offers instructions for groups and suggestions for paddling and picnic lunches. Pack your own lunch and stop at the West Cornwall Covered Bridge. If you choose to take a day long journey, a van from the shop will drop you off in Falls Village and pick you up 10 miles downstream.
Canaan and Falls Village are home to two of the top ten largest waterfalls in the state of Connecticut! Park your car at the intersection of Music Mountain and Cream Hill roads. After traveling west for a short distance, the trail will immediately bring you to the heart of Dean’s Ravine. The hike itself is somewhat rugged so dress appropriately. It will be worth it when you reach the lookout point overlooking a 50-foot drop above the falls.
As one of Connecticut’s most popular natural attractions, Kent Falls State Park offers 250 feet of water rushing down into a reflecting pool that joins with the Housatonic River. Swimming is no longer offered to the public, however the relaxing hike, fishing and picnicking make it the perfect stop for a family outing.
If man made watering holes are more your speed book a night (or more!) at the Interlaken Inn in Lakeville. This country inn and resort offers a relaxing lakefront getaway, upscale lodging and dining plus superior amenities. Their outdoor heated swimming pool is open all summer long and full access to Lake Wononscopomuc is granted to guests including canoes and kayaks free of charge.
About 10 minutes down the street are the beautiful Twin Lakes where you can rent rowboats, small fishing boats with motors, canoes, kayaks and pontoon boats from O’Hara’s Landing. The restaurant on the marina is a fun place to grab a quick breakfast before hitting the water.