The Cascade of Portland

Carr Brook Emerging (The Cascade, Meshomasic State Forest, Portland, Connecticut)
“Carr Brook Emerging”
The Cascade on Carr Brook
Meshomasic State Forest, Portland, Connecticut

Carr Brook issues from the rugged hills of Meshomasic Forest, whispering with delight as it tumbles some 15 feet over a remote, forest-crowded knoll.

Certainly among Connecticut’s more remote waterfalls, accessing this modest cataract known simply as the “The Cascade” demands a mile-long hike from a secluded dirt, logging road east of the Connecticut River. The path is well-worn though, being part and parcel to the Shenipsit Trail which carries hikers 40 miles north from the falls to within just a few miles of the Massachusetts border.