Oct 5, 2012
01:16 PM
Discover Connecticut

Foliage at Its Best

 

 

Although it seems that during October you can drive just about anywhere in the state and enjoy fine foliage, there are a few rides that offer more spectacular fall scenery than others. Here’s one to try that winds its way through the Litchfield Hills and showcases them in all their autumnal glory, and features two of the area’s historic covered bridges.

Actually, the ride starts at the first bridge, which spans the Housatonic River near the intersection of Bulls Bridge Road and U.S. Route 7 in Bulls Bridge. From here, head north on Route 7, where the roadway snakes alongside the river and eventually becomes Main Street in Kent, with myriad antiques shops, galleries and restaurants. Just beyond the town center is Kent Falls State Park, home to a 250-foot-high waterfall that seems even more majestic amid the hues of fall.

Continuing the ride, it’s a short way to the junction with Route 4 in Cornwall Bridge; continuing north on Route 7 for a quick detour takes you to the second covered bridge, an iconic Connecticut destination where you’ll probably want to stop and snap a few pictures. Then head back down to Route 4 west to begin your formal ascent into the Litchfield Hills.

At the junction with Route 41, turn right and head north onto Main Street in Sharon, a charming town center lined with large historic homes and a few small shops. Route 41 north of Sharon center is pure Litchfield Hills, a scenic stretch of rolling farms and picturesque vistas. Eventually, you go through Lakeville Center, another pleasing little spot, and eventually reach Salisbury, a destination with interesting shops and restaurants.

Foliage at Its Best

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