Campbell Falls

New Marlborough / Norfolk, Massachusetts / Connecticut, USA

About Campbell Falls


Hiking Distance: 0.4 miles round trip
Suggested Time: 30 minutes

Date first visited: 2013-09-29
Date last visited: 2013-09-29

Waterfall Latitude: 42.04588
Waterfall Longitude: -73.23297

Campbell Falls was a very photogenic waterfall featuring a pair of drops said to have a cumulative height of about 50ft.

The direction of the flow of the water for each of its drops went in different directions so it may have a bit of a zig-zagged appearance depending on the viewing angle.

Campbells_Falls_051_09292013 - Campbell Falls
Campbell Falls

Personally, I found this twisting characteristic made the falls stand out considering it was unique amongst the New England Waterfalls that I’ve encountered so far.

In any case, this was definitely one waterfall where I was very glad to have brought my tripod, especially since I made my visit on a cool crisp early morning under low light.

Indeed, as you can see from the photo above, Campbell Falls had a nice flow and pattern to it while contrasting with the somewhat rugged terrain along with a hint of Autumn colors.

I certainly found that it made for some of my most pleasing waterfall photo opportunities of the New England area.

Hiking to Campbell Falls

Campbells_Falls_053_09292013 - Descending past a pylon marking the state boundary between Massachusetts (which I was going into) and Connecticut (where the Campbell Falls Trail started)
Descending past a pylon marking the state boundary between Massachusetts (which I was going into) and Connecticut (where the Campbell Falls Trail started)

The hike down to the base of Campbell 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.

Campbells_Falls_041_09292013 - Looking at Campbell Falls appearing less twisty when I attempted to scramble above the lower waterfall
Looking at Campbell Falls appearing less twisty when I attempted to scramble above the lower waterfall

There was an informal scramble that allowed me to go above the lower drop of Campbell Falls for a closer look at the taller upper tier.

However, 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.

Overall, I spent about an hour away from the car (see directions below).

Campbells_Falls_032_09292013 - Looking upstream at the upper drop of Campbell Falls from above the lower waterfall
Looking upstream at the upper drop of Campbell Falls from above the lower waterfall

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 of my time here were spent hiking.

Authorities

Campbell Falls resides in Campbell Falls State Park near Norfolk, Connecticut. Even though the waterfall is technically across the border in Massachusetts, it is administered by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Campbells_Falls_057_09292013 - The trail to the base of Campbell Falls began amongst a series of trees before bending towards the state border with Massachusetts
Campbells_Falls_056_09292013 - Looking back uphill at the graffiti-laced pylon showing NM MASS, which I believe stood for New Marlborough Massachusetts, which was the side I was standing on (not looking towards, which was the Connecticut side)
Campbells_Falls_005_09292013 - The remainder of the descent headed right for the base of Campbell Falls
Campbells_Falls_007_09292013 - Making it all the way down to the base of Campbell Falls with a hint of Autumn colors in the foliage
Campbells_Falls_009_09292013 - Focused look in long exposure at Campbell Falls
Campbells_Falls_015_09292013 - Contextual view of Campbell Falls and its plunge pool
Campbells_Falls_029_09292013 - Focused look at just the upper drop of Campbell Falls in long exposure after having scrambled above the lower tier
Campbells_Falls_044_09292013 - The twisting action of Campbell Falls makes the zig-zag of the two tiers change depending on the viewing angle

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We’ll describe the driving route from North Canaan, CT since it was the largest town of any size around Campbell Falls.

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.

Campbells_Falls_059_09292013 - Context of the Campbell Falls Trailhead and the unpaved road leading to it
Context of the Campbell Falls Trailhead and the unpaved road leading to it

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 trailhead parking 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 parking area was just across the state border on the Connecticut side.

Campbells_Falls_058_09292013 - Parking at the Campbell Falls Trailhead, which was on the Connecticut side of the state border with Massachusetts
Parking at the Campbell Falls Trailhead, which was on the Connecticut side of the state border with Massachusetts

And the trail would take me back across the border to the Massachusetts 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.

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

Tagged with: berkshire, new marlborough, norfolk, massachusetts, pittsfield, waterfall, new england, connecticut, border



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