CT: New Haven County- Southbury-Southford Falls

Small park with a lot to offer!

Southford Falls State park is on the edge of Southbury and Oxford (hence the name Southford!). It offers a short hike to a watch tower with a ravine, Papermill pond with fishing and a picnic area with a gazebo on top of waterfalls and a covered bridge.

When I saw the light snow on an early Fall morning in October 2020 that’s where I decided to head. I feel the pictures tell the best story of this small park.

Apparently the Southford Paper Mill had been here which was later bought by the Diamond Match Company until it burned down in 1920.

I really enjoy coming here after a rainfall as the falls roar so proudly.

Oct 2020 Video of Falls

Just passed the falls the water continues into eightmile brook beneath a covered bridge which is a replica of the original. This is a popular place for event photographers.

Let your troubles float away

In the early Fall in September I had also stopped here for the hike to the watch tower. While I admit the watch tower itself and its overlook was not my favorite, the walk along the ravine with foot bridges and various foliage offered loads of gifts of being present.

Since the park is small, as you return there are more opportunities to take in the small park’s big beauty.

Paper Mill Pond

Depending on the season, I recommend the next stop being Rich Farm for great fresh ice cream as it’s just around the next bend on Route 67.


Published by Belinda Sheets

This is a non-promotional blog. I am not a photographer nor am I selling anything through this blog. Professionally I am a Business Transformation Specialist focused on gaining efficiencies and reducing costs for major corporations. Recent life experiences made me better appreciate the present and all that can be seen by increasing my focus and attention on my surroundings. I always enjoyed going out and exercising and I would look but I did not see as my attention was on resolving some problem. Captured through pictures and sharing insights about various locations, I hope others can enjoy my research and insights and allow themselves to pause a few moments and truly appreciate and learn new things. When you follow me that is my only gift. To know I have touched you enough to want to follow the blog. Respectfully (Stay Safe), Belinda Sheets Business Transformation professional with interests in photography, hiking, bicycling and kayaking and learning how to be present.

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