Leaf Peeping on Scenic Route 7

Named by National Geographic Traveler as one of the most scenic driving destinations in the country, the Litchfield Hills are a top choice for leaf peeping. Stretching up western Connecticut, Route 7 offers art, history and plenty of opportunities to get back to nature.

1-2 days

  • Fall

  • Keeler Tavern
  • Brookfield Craft Center
  • Kent Falls State Park
  • West Cornwall
  • Hike the Appalachian Trail
Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center, Ridgefield

Keeler Tavern

In Ridgefield, take Route 35 to visit the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art and Keeler Tavern Museum, a Revolutionary War site. Get back on Route 7 to Danbury, where you can visit the campus of the Danbury Historical Society on Main Street, which includes a tour of the 1785 Rider House, the 1790 John Dodd Hat Shop and the Marian Anderson Studio.

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Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield

Brookfield Craft Center

Get back on Route 7 and continue north to much celebrated Brookfield Craft Center which offers classes and handicrafts for sale.

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Kent Falls State Park, Kent

Kent Falls State Park

Experience the scenic, cascading waterfalls at Kent Falls State Park in the beautiful Litchfield Hills. Wander across the covered bridge, hike the falls 1/4 mile up along the stair pathway and feel the mist on your face as water rushes 250 feet down into a reflecting pool that joins with Housatonic River. As you hike the easy, but steep, trail stop along the way to enjoy the many scenic views from three observation decks. A designated Trout Park, Kent Falls offers opportunities for fishing as well as picnicking.

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West Cornwall Covered Bridge, West Cornwall

West Cornwall

After a ride on Route 128 through the famous red covered bridge over the Housatonic River, browse the shops and galleries in West Cornwall's center. 

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Town of Falls Village (Canaan), Falls Village

Hike the Appalachian Trail

Further along Route 7, turn onto Route 126 to hike the Appalachian Trail in Falls Village. Hike up high enough and you’ll get an unrivaled view extending north to the Berkshires.

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