Mount Carmel Spring Falls*
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Trail Head Directions
From the intersection of Route 15 (Wilbur Cross Parkway) and Route 10 (Whitney Ave) head North towards Sleeping Giant State Park.
The main entrance to the park is off Mt. Carmel Ave across from Quinnipiac College. You could stop there to pick up a map, and many great hikes start from this point. However, the easiest way to get to the falls starts at a different trail head.
Continue North on Route 10, past Mt. Carmel Ave to Tuttle Ave. Take a right onto Tuttle Ave. After about one mile, there will be a small parking area off to the right. There is a wooden gate and a small sign, park here. If you go too far, the woods will end on the right side of the road and become a field.
Hike along the red circle trail. The trail will reach the river then turn to the right and proceed up hill. You will be walking along the side of a Gorge with many cascades.
Up to this point you have been on the right hand site (South) of the river. Shortly after crossing the river to the left (North bank) there will be an unmarked trail on the left. If you wish to go to the bottom of the falls, you should follow the unmarked trail to the left. If you wish to go to the top of the falls, continue along the red circle trail.
BOTTOM OF THE FALLS
Take a left onto the unmarked trail, which runs to the North East. After about .1 to .2 miles you should see the cliff off to the right. Follow a small trail along the stream up to the bottom.
TOP OF THE FALLS
Continue along the red circle trail until you come to the intersection with the Violet trail (about .1 miles). Take a left onto the Violet trail. You will climb up onto the top of the ledge. After about .1 to .2 miles you will come to a place where a small stream flows across the path and down the cliff. The falls are here.
Latitude / Longitude: 41.43861 / -72.88111
* I do not know or am unsure of the offical name of these falls.
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