As I am generally not a fan of the winter, I have had to do my research to continue my outdoor adventures in the cold. I had a gut feeling Southford Falls would be one of the locations I would enjoy. This state park is located on the line between Southbury and Waterford, hence the combined name!
I have a more thorough description of the options and trails here in a prior post. This dedication is to the ease with which beauty is found in the winter weather.
As the pond and falls are near the parking lot you get a lot of bang for your buck without being outside too long.
Additionally, the falls were impressively rushing over the rocks on this January afternoon which you can follow down the path to the covered bridge below.
You can make the loop down to the bridge and back and are offered various vantage points of the falls and babbling brook. As my fingers began to freeze and I thought I could take no more I saw the angle I was awaiting!
There was a wintry mix of swirls and bubbles at the base of the falls with edges of ice along the stone ledges. Notwithstanding the cold, I laid on the rocks to angle the camera to get both the icy water surface and the roaring waters above. Not bad for a city girl who lost enjoys the heat of a day!
I guess I can learn to like the cold when it comes with so many natural gifts of comfort and warmth. I returned at the end of January 2021 and the scene was different yet.
Original Fall blog with trail maps and details below.
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