Roaring Brook Falls
Location: From South Main St.- Route 10, follow Route 42 to Mountain Road
to Roaring Brook Road (2nd left).
Public Access: Yes - Parking lot at end of Roaring Brook Rd.
Hiking: Walk along town driveway to trail head. Trails are blazed and lead to Falls and Blue blazed Quinnipiac Trail that runs along Prospect Ridge from Cheshire / Prospect town line to Naugatuck State Forest and Hamden's Sleeping Giant State Park.
Description: (written by Tom Pool - 1979)
Arrowheads tell of early men who hunted the woodlands and fished the
watercourse of what came to be known as Roaring Brook on West Mountain
(southern extension of Peck Mountain) in Cheshire. Foundation stones tell
of an old mill powered by the falling water of this stream. Tumble-down
rock walls tell of early farmers. Cedar stumps tell of former pastures
now overgrown with encroached forest. Earlier Cheshire residents could
tell of coaches and buggies that brought holiday visitors to view the
impressive 80-foot, aptly named, cascades that in flood can be heard a
For many years benevolent stewardship of this natural area was in private
hands. Then came a time when possible fragmentation threatened to alter
the character of the area. But this threat also provided an opportunity
for a portion of the area to be taken into the public domain. Recognizing
this opportunity, the Cheshire Land Trust enthusiastically sought and
received support from local residents, town officials, students, and civic
groups. It contributed funds of its own and catalyzed the acquisition
of other resources from two local garden clubs. Significant gifts were
received from Lawrence Copeland (owner of the property) and the George
Dudley Seymour Trust, the Town of Cheshire, through its Parks and Recreation
Department, shared further funding with the federal Heritage Conservation
and Recreation Services, and so the natural area of Roaring Brook became
a town-owned facility on December 7, 1978.
The watercourse draws upon a significant watershed on top of the basalt
ridge. Its stream drops off the ridge in a main waterfall with similar
cascades above and below; it flows on as a braided stream on an old delta,
continuing on to join Willow Brook and Mill River.
The gorge area is covered by a thin veneer of glacial till overburden
on top of the bedrock. The face of the scarp dips 30 to 40 degrees to
The lowlands area - wet with marsh and open water - is a glacial spillway;
it supports vegetation that is water-tolerant or water dependent. Westwards
the soils vary from wet to dry, and the vegetation of evergreens and mixed
hardwoods reflects the differences. The dry ridge top is dominated by chestnut
oak. With such diversity of habitat, wildflowers and under story also vary
in species and abundance.
Deer, fox, skunk, raccoon, muskrat, opossum, rabbit, squirrel, and chipmunk
liver here. So do fish, amphibians, and reptiles. The forest songbirds
are here, too, along with partridge and woodcock, hawks and owls.
This truly remarkable property now belongs to the community to preserve