Great Falls of the Housatonic. Falls Village - Canaan, CT
In the Spring when the Housatonic Rivers waters are flowing, this 50-60 foot waterfall is the most powerful and dynamic within Connecticut. In the summer months when the volume of water is diverted for hydro-electric generators the rocks are bare and dry. Yet, not to despair for even then on the far side of the river usually flows a very picturesque 35 foot plunge. Kayaks often paddle up the rapids below the falls and to its base during spring run-off prior to the water divertion.
GPS Coordinates

41° 57’ 46”N 73° 22’ 19” W


649 ft. above sea level


Frequently visited by waterfall enthusiasts. Parking is limited within this residential neighborhood. Swimming is usually not applicable.

From Canaan, head south on Rt-7 for 5.6 miles until you intersect with Rt-126. Turn right and head into Falls Village on Rt-126, in .3 of a mile bear left onto Main Street until it “T’s” with Railroad Street. Turn right and within 100 yards turn left onto Water Street. Follow Water Street for .5 until you reach the Housatonic Bridge. After crossing the bridge turn right onto Falls Mountain Road. Within .5 of a mile on your right is a small area for parking. From here you can walk to an observation point at the top of the falls or through a matrix of paths find a vantage point below the falls.