Finger in the Gorge

GPS: 41.954925 -72.878622

One of the gems of Connecticut is Enders Falls, a series of five waterfalls on the West Branch of Salmon Brook. Within a quarter mile span, you can photograph gorges, cascades, plunges, horsetails, and slides. By popular opinion, these small waterfalls are among the best and most photogenic in Connecticut.

The image was made on an overcast day in the 3rd week of October. This is the 3rd waterfall down from the parking area, best seen from the opposite side of the brook. I included leaf-covered rocks in the foreground, along with a finger-shaped rock that seems to point at the split in the waterfall, and down inside the gorge.

The ideal time to come here is on a bright overcast day in May or in the latter half of October. In May, the waterfalls will be running heavy from spring runoff, and the banks of the brook will be lined with fresh green foliage. But I prefer October when its natural beauty is enhanced by a coat of yellows and reds.

Enders State Forest is located near Granby.  From Granby, head west on Route 219 (Barkhamsted Road) for 1.4 miles to the marked parking area on the left. Follow your ears and head down the trail to the brook. The 1st waterfall (a small cascade) will be on your right, with the remainder downriver to your left.

1 thought on “Finger in the Gorge”

  1. A really beautiful little waterfall and location indeed with wonderful autumn colours. Too bad it’s a bit far from Switzerland 😉
    Best regards – Sandra

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