Date Of Visit: September 9, 2017
Location: Rte 219, Granby, CT (about 25 mins northwest of Hartford, CT, 30 mins southwest of Springfield, MA)
Hours: Open daily, sunrise to sunset
Parking: There is a large parking area for about a couple dozens cars next to the trail
Handicapped Accessible: No
Dog Friendly: Yes
Trail Size/Difficulty: .8 miles round trip, easy
Fitbit Stats: 5,848 steps, 2.41 miles, 668 calories burned
Website: Ender’s Falls
Highlights: waterfalls, scenic, flowers
- When entering the park, go to the left to see the waterfalls
- Watch for and follow the pink tags on the trees to stay on the easiest, most traveled trail
- the rocks by the waterfall can be slippery, especially in the morning or after a rainfall
- the best times to visit is after a rainfall or in early spring when the snow and ice on the stream are melting
- Fishing and swimming (more on this later) are allowed at the falls
Part of the 2,000 acre Ender’s Fall State Forest, the waterfalls at Ender’s Falls is one of the most photographed and highly regarded waterfalls in all of Connecticut, if not New England. Although I enjoyed the falls at Wadsworth Park, I think I would agree.
There are 5 waterfalls at Ender’s Falls.
The hardest part of photographing Ender’s Falls is finding the waterfalls. Some are pretty easy to find, particularly the first one at the end of the entrance to the park.
However, due to how the sound travels and the lack of ability to view some of the stream from higher ground, it’s hard to determine what may be a gushing waterfall and what is just the sound of water running along the stream.
And, let’s talk about the paths to the stream. Due to the steep decline of the terrain and the fact it had rained the previous day, it was no joke going down the side of the trail to get to the stream. So, while the main trail on higher ground is easy with some moderate inclines and a few downed trees, if you choose to travel closer to the stream, it can be difficult. In fact, I stumbled upon this news story about the dangers of the trails at the park. But, I’m a trained professional. So, I was alright. Follow the pink tags to stay on the trail.
The rocks and trees by the waterfalls have some amusing, interesting and heartfelt graffiti on them.
The graffiti in the first photo (top left) on a rock high above the stream refers to track number 4 on the self titled “Third Eye Blind” cd. I’ll let you Google that for a sec. Even the casual Third Eye Blind Fan knows what the song is. The second and third photos (going clockwise) include a phrase that refers to a TLC song. You get it.
Ender’s Falls is a truly beautiful place, particularly with summer quietly coming to a close and fall starting to make an entrance. There truly is nothing more beautiful in New England than the blending of these two seasons. I love it and I look forward to more colorful photo shoots in the upcoming weekends!
My only gripe is how the trail at Ender’s falls just seems to stop at both ends of the trail. And, to be fair, it’s not just something that I have noticed at Ender’s Falls. In fact, it’s fairly common. Due to the developments in the area and the obvious barriers such as roadways that have been constructed, the trails just seem to end without warning. I can only imagine they went on for much longer distances in the past. At least at the end of the trail to the right of the entrance stops at the bridge, giving you some warning ahead of time. There is a narrrow path in the brush at one end. But, it didn’t seem to go anywhere.
When you can get down to the stream safely, I do recommend it, though. The closer view does offer some pretty views.
Ender’s Falls is a great place to take your pooch. But, it may be too rocky and difficult terrain for some older dogs.
Gemma is a 3 month old Black Labrador.
Below are some videos of the mighty waterfalls:
This is a video posted by YouTuber Just Living who is clearly braver (or crazier) than I am!