Southford Falls Park Trail

MODERATE 89 reviews

Southford Falls Park Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Southbury, Connecticut that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.8 miles
239 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


2 days ago

excellent hike, easy.

Great for a quick, pretty hike with picnic.

3 months ago

Quick and nice!

5 months ago

great place to meditate

6 months ago

Great views from the fire tower in fall. The pond trail left is an easier hike

6 months ago

interesting hike with a small river gorge containing a covered bridge and some nice waterfalls. Further inland is a boardwalk and ultimately a climb to a watchtower. the loop wraps up with a descent through cool woodlands to a pond. Moderate climbs and descents and the varied sights are the highlights.

7 months ago

Crappy markings but good moderate trail

8 months ago

This was a nice moderate trail. There were two trees down blocking the path which was a minor inconvenience. Markings could be updated. Generally a nice hike.

9 months ago

Great walk took my grandkids age 4&6 and they loved it. Covered bridge, boardwalk and tower.

9 months ago

It's a nice easy hike and I loved the little watchtower. It can be done with kids.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Nice hike, pretty river/waterfall. Beautiful lake. Also a good place to go sledding with the kids when there's snow on the ground. My dog loves it.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Nice quaint waterfall. Access is easy and unrestricted. Loop trail easy. Just short uphill but any age should be able to accomplish. Just not well marked. Found myself using this apps trail map to stay on course. Signs for "tower" but somehow completely missed it.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

very kids friendly. Probably a nice view from tower once the leaves are gone

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Great 1h 30min hike with a lot of different terrain and beautiful waterfalls. We hiked with two 6 year olds, a 5 year old, 3 year old and two 2 year olds. The littlest found it hard and we ended up carrying most of the time.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

easy but beautiful.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

It was okay, part of the trails were not marked towards the end so it got confusing. Good place overall though

Thursday, July 07, 2016

I went more to hang out, and it was a 90+ degree day, so I stopped often to enjoy the scenery and relax. This trail is very beautiful, from the waterfall and the stream, the watchtower, and the covered bridge. The trees provide quite a bit of sun coverage, which is nice for me since I'm fair skinned, and the little sun spots on the water are so gorgeous.... There are a lot of uphill rocky slopes so if I were to go alone it would make a perfect workout!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

This is one of my go to spots. If you do the big loop it can give you a pretty good work out. It has alot of different elements from the waterfalls, covered bridge, brook, steep climb and very woodsy. It is busy closer to all the activity and get quieter as you hike more in the wooded area. I do the start of the loop at the covered bridge and come out on the other side of the pond.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Easy hike to the Fire Tower. Ave hike nothing special about it. The Fire Tower was cool but not what I expected as far as a tower is concerned. Skys the Limit Challenge 2015 brought me here. Last one of 14 hikes. Hit up a few geocaches while here.

Monday, February 22, 2016

easy hike and simple to navigate, have done the tower hike at dusk and it is a good time. Typically about an hour hike and has the falls,river, and scenic points to enjoy a fun filled day

Monday, February 08, 2016

Great hike even w/ snow, hit the trail with a 2 and 3 year year old and we had fun. Def recommend going pond entrance and bridge exit if you got little ones. Tower was cool, not the best of views from it since the nearby trees are growing taller and obstructing some of the view but for the easy hike to it and being local it's worth it. River and waterfall views are amazing. Some rocky/rough terrain so watch your step.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Easy, short hike. Very busy place.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Grew up in this park, my grandmother lives 2 miles down the road. The trail is either easy or hard depending on which way you hit it. There's a fire tower at the top of the hill, that's the harder part of the hike, hill wise.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Close easy access of the highway. Parking is abundant. This is a great hike for families (did easily with my 12 year old and 6 year old). it offers a lake, picnic tables, forest hike, inclines, streams, metal climbing lookout tower at the top, great ct country view at the top, rapids, waterfall, birds, wildlife and a cool covered bridge by the falls. Kids really enjoyed this well marked trail with a little bit of everything really. Loved.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

was a nice place for a fall hike, but it was pretty tough for the kids. Very rocky trails made it hard going for little legs. besides that it was a great time. the waterfalls are beautiful and the hike along the river is nice and scenic.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Short hike. Pretty park. Fairly easy.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

This is a short trail with a lot to see, so try not to miss it if you are in the area. There is a covered bridge, some small falls, a mini gorge, and a mid-height tower with seasonal views. The terrain is hilly enough to give you a decent effort. I have included a link to the trail map.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

This trail is better hiked going in on the pond side and coming out by the covered bridge especially now in winter because of the steepness. The tower is a great reward to climb halfway around the loop. It looks recently redone and there was many animal tracks. Great trail!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

As a trout management pond, you can catch trout, Bullhead catfish, panfish, bass, and stergeon (I saw someone catch one 2 years ago there, boy was I surprised!). There are two trails, which are connected. One is the short loop, the other is the long loop. Both can be completed in a few hours time, with the long loop leading up to the fire tower. There are markers along the way, painted onto the trees. Many waterfalls to see, and a covered bridge near the beginning right side.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

nice little park for locals. ponds for fishing are stocked anually. waterfalls are quite beautiful esspecially after a good melt or rainfall. definitely hike to the fire tower in fall for nice foliage scene.

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