Campbell Falls

Berkshire County / New Marlborough, Massachusetts,
Norfolk, Connecticut, USA

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1.5
Campbell Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Campbell Falls was a very photogenic waterfall where I was glad I brought my tripod. Since I made my visit on a cool crisp early morning, the low light made it practically necessary to have the tripod. However, it also had a nice flow and pattern to it that the long exposure of the water juxtaposed with the somewhat rugged terrain surrounded by a hint of Autumn colors made for some of my most pleasing waterfall photographs of the New England area.

The waterfall featured a pair of drops said to have a cumulative height of about 50ft so it wasn't large. However, the direction of the flow of water for each of the drops occurred in different directions so it may have a so-called zig zag appearance depending on the angle of the view. In any case, it was this twisting characteristic that made this waterfall stand out in my mind considering it was unique amongst the New England waterfalls that I've encountered so far.

The hike down to the base of the falls (where you can get the view in the photograph at the top of this page) was a fairly short descent of about 5-10 minutes or so (maybe 15 minutes going back up). Something that caught my eye was that about half-way down the trail, there was a small pylon where "CONN" was on one side and "NM MASS" was on the other. Apparently, the trail crossed from Connecticut into Massachusetts so the falls was technically in the state of Massachusetts.

Once I was at the bottom of the trail, I was right before the falls and its dark plunge pool. There was an informal scramble that allowed me to go above the lower drop of the falls for a closer look at the taller upper tier. But aside from this and the view from across the plunge pool, I didn't notice other ways to view the falls. It was simply one of those excursions where it was enough to bask in the silence of Nature broken only by the sounds of rushing water as well as the odd birdsong and rustling leaves.

I spent about an hour away from the car (see directions below). But most of that time was spent taking photographs and enjoying the falls itself. I'd guess that only 20 minutes of it or less were spent hiking.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

I scrambled above the lower tier of Campbell Falls to get this view of the upper tier of the fallsI scrambled above the lower tier of Campbell Falls to get this view of the upper tier of the falls
It's between 2.5 to 3 hours of driving from Boston to get to Campbell FallsIt's between 2.5 to 3 hours of driving from Boston to get to Campbell Falls
The charming Provincetown on the northern end of the Cape Cod Peninsula is roughly a 2-3 hour drive from Boston, and is definitely worth checking outThe charming Provincetown on the northern end of the Cape Cod Peninsula is roughly a 2-3 hour drive from Boston, and is definitely worth checking out
The Campbell Falls Road and the small car park and trailhead for the falls on the leftThe Campbell Falls Road and the small car park and trailhead for the falls on the left

There were signs to help assure me that I had found the right placeThere were signs to help assure me that I had found the right place

The trail to the base of Campbell Falls began amongst a series of trees before bending towards the state borderThe trail to the base of the falls began amongst a series of trees before bending towards the state border

The graffiti-laced pylon had the etching of CONN on this side meaning I was leaving ConnecticutThe graffiti-laced pylon had the etching of CONN on this side meaning I was leaving Connecticut

This was the other side of the pylon with the etching of NM MASS, which I believe stood for New Marlborough MassachusettsThis was the other side of the pylon with the etching of NM MASS, which I believe stood for New Marlborough, Massachusetts

The remainder of the descent headed right for the base of Campbell FallsThe remainder of the descent headed right for the base of the falls

View of Campbell Falls when the descent endedView of the falls when the descent ended

Contextual view of Campbell FallsContextual view of the falls

A closer look at Campbell Falls with a hint of Autumn colors in the foliageA closer look at Campbell Falls with a hint of Autumn colors in the foliage

The twisting action of Campbell Falls makes the zig-zag of the two tiers change depending on the viewing angleThe twisting action of the falls makes the zig-zag of the two tiers change depending on the viewing angle


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Looking up and down the falls before zooming out and panning downsteram to see the Fall colors


Bottom up sweep from above the lower waterfall ending above the upper waterfall


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the town of North Canaan, CT, I went east on Highway 44 until it junctioned with Route 272 just before the town of Norfolk, CT. I then turned left onto Route 272 and followed it for about 4 miles before turning left onto Campbell Falls Road (note that I crossed from CT to MA at this point). Then, the road became unpaved as I followed it for about 0.4 miles towards a small car park and traihead area on the left.

This car park was easy for me to miss because of the tree cover and because I was the first one there. However, if another car happened to be parked there, I'm sure the trailhead wouldn't be so easy to miss. By the way, this car park was just across the state border on the CT side. And the trail would take me back across the border to the MA side again.

Finally, for some context, New Marlborough was 11 miles (under 30 minutes drive) north of Norfolk, CT, 48 miles (about 90 minutes drive) northwest of Hartford, 144 miles (3 hours drive) north of New York City, and 144 miles (over 2.5 hours drive) west of Boston, Massachusetts.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES





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