I’ve always felt a deep affinity with woodland rivers; there’s something about rushing water, picturesque waterfalls, and gentle cascades over moss-laden rock that speak to me in a way which can only be understated with words. Throughout hundreds of miles of hiking in Connecticut to produce fine-art landscape photography, waterfalls and rivers have become some of my favorite subjects and I never tire of discovering fresh, new locations. In fact, my latest trek to Enders State Forest in Granby, Connecticut left me awestruck. I thought I’d already laid eyes on the full-range of impressive waterfalls in the state, but this this 2,000-acre parcel of woods taught me that I shouldn’t be so quick to think I’ve seen it all!
Enders State Forest is, first and foremost, a generous swath of state-managed woodlands, but Enders Brook* is the real gem that makes this place so incredible. For about a half-mile of its run through the forest, the shallow river races beneath the canopy and careens over six or seven different cliffs and ledges, making this little niche in Granby more dense with waterfalls than perhaps anywhere else in the state. All of the waterfalls are somewhat evenly-spaced along the course of the brook, each separated from the others by idyllic pools that slip through deep, jagged ravines carved in the bedrock and blanketed with moss and ferns.
* After returning from Enders State Forest, I checked numerous maps in an effort to determine the name of the brook that runs through the woodlands. After considerable investigation, I came to the conclusion that the brook does not actually possess any “official” name. In a last ditch effort, I contacted Granby Leisure & Recreation Services in hopes that locals knew a bit more about the landscape. The Granby Director of Community Development, Fran Armentano, wrote me back: “It’s typically referred to as Enders Brook, which is a tributary to the West Branch of the Salmon Brook.”