Southford Falls State Park

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Southford Falls State Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Map showing the location of Southford Falls State Park
Map showing the location of Southford Falls State Park
Nearest city Southbury, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°27′15″N 73°09′42″W / 41.4542629°N 73.1617785°W / 41.4542629; -73.1617785Coordinates: 41°27′15″N 73°09′42″W / 41.4542629°N 73.1617785°W / 41.4542629; -73.1617785[1]
Area 120 acres (0.49 km2)
Established 1927
Governing body State of Connecticut

Southford Falls State Park is a Connecticut state park in the towns of Oxford and Southbury, Connecticut.

History[edit]

At the turn of the 20th century, this was the site of a Diamond Match Company factory that manufactured cardboard. The factory was destroyed by fire in 1923. The site was ceded to the state in 1927.[2]

Scenic waterfalls are at the southeast end of the park on Eight Mile Brook, which forms much of the border between the towns of Oxford and Southbury. Eight Mile Brook drops steeply from Lake Quassapaug to the Housatonic River which provided power for the early industrial complex there.

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park has a covered bridge over Eight Mile Brook that is a popular spot for wedding photos. There are picnic tables, restrooms and hiking trails. Recreation includes skiing and ice-skating in winter, field sports, day-hikes and fishing. The park is a designated Trout Park, stocked weekly with trout from the state's fish hatcheries.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southford Falls State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  2. ^ Miller, Robert (October 24, 2004). "Southford Falls dig unearths site's industrial past". The News-Times (Danbury, CT). 
  3. ^ Trout Parks Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

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