The 75 foot tall Campbell waterfall is split between two states. The waterfall itself is located in Massachusetts while the boundary marker that starts the trail is considered to be in Connecticut. The park was gifted to the State of Connecticut and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from the White Memorial Foundation of Litchfield, Connecticut and in 1924 special laws were passed and the park was placed under the protection of both states.
Finding the park presents a level of difficulty but is so worth it. From Norfolk center follow Route 272 N. Once you reach Old Spaulding Road turn left and from there the state park would be on your right.
From Great Barrington follow Us 7 S until you reach Clayton Rd. Continue on Clayton Rd, than take Carlson Rd and Tobey Hill Rd to Spaulding Rd in Litchfield County. From this direction the Falls would be on to your left.
The only sign you would encounter pointing to the direction of the waterfalls is the one pictured bellow. Parking is limited however you would be able to find a larger parking area on Tobey Hill Road. From there a short 20 minute leisure stroll through the woods would lead you to the bottom of the falls. If you choose to park your car on Campbell Falls road you’ll find yourself at the top of a steep hill taking you down a .15 mile path to the base of the falls.
Both short hikes require so little effort and offers such great reward. Wear good shoes as the trail gets a little wet at the bottom of the hill and water shoes if you are planing on getting even closer to the falls.
This wonderful quick getaway to a gorgeous waterfall makes for the perfect serene and peaceful day spent with family or by yourself and is excellent if you are looking for a quiet place for meditation and enjoying nature at it’s fullest. The hike itself is fantastic but the falls flowing fully after a rainy week in combination of the changing leaves was a special gift for us.
Being that the State Park is so off the beaten path and does not see many visitors makes it even that more special. You can spend a whole day here playing with your kids or letting your dogs enjoy splashing in the water while running freely. Pack a basket as we always do and a nice book or a fishing rod. Wander around the pine forest by the rushing water and listen to the singing birds. There are no benches or picnic tables but plenty opportunities to place a blanket on the ground or open a chair for a picnic with a view.
The waterfall is stunning during all seasons but especially beautiful in fall and winter. You can get close and climb the stalking rocks if you are careful and at your own risk. We’ve seen people all the way next to the little cascade mid falls getting soaked in the splashing water, just note that it gets extremely slippery during winter months and be extra cautious.
There are no facilities around but also no entrance fee for this attraction. A short drive on the gravel road above the falls brings you to a spot that overlooks the top of the falls.