Chasing Waterfalls: Blackledge Falls

For all the posts in the Chasing Waterfalls Series, go here.

Prologue: Inspired by the 2021 Hallmark romantic movie Chasing Waterfalls started my own blog, featuring the local waterfalls in the State of Connecticut where I live, and also may be any waterfalls that I might come across in my trips around America and the World. The film was released in July, as part of their “Spring Fling” lineup. The lead actress, Cindy Busby, plays the part of Amy Atwater, a photo journalist who goes to a remote town to find a mythical waterfall. Her co-star Christopher Russell, plays the part of Mark North, the guide at the lodge where she stays in while visiting the town.

Now I am chasing these majestic and gorgeous waterfalls. Next up is the Blackledge Falls in Glastonbury, CT.

The year 2021 has been a year of hiking for me, woven within my passion for chasing waterfalls. However I never did a winter hike. Beginning of 2022, I decided it is time to try a winter hike. Although I waited till March to venture out and brave a hike. Mainly, no proper winter gear and also spiky things that go around my hiking shoes. Took a while to get the right gear although I still need to buy the removable spike for my shoes.

Anyways, finally beginning of March, a friend of mine and I went on our very first winter hike to this beautiful falls, Blackledge Falls, in Glastonbury, CT. I chose this trail for two reasons – a) it is a very small hike of 2 miles b) it would get me to finish one more waterfall in my Chasing Waterfalls blog. Two for one. 🙂

The 80 acres land has easy to moderate hiking trails, a pond, and a streambelt that flows over the rocks to form the Blackledge Falls. The falls were frozen given the weather and we didn’t go much closer to it as the way was a bit steep and icy. May be a few more hikes in winter would give us the courage to try. 😛

Despite the ice and the dry ravine around, the falls looked beautiful. I couldn’t capture it so well on my phone.

As always here are some fun captures along the hike.

The streambelt we saw on one side of the trail. We didn’t go beyond this point as it looked really icy. We had turned back and went on the other side of the trail to reach the falls.

If I come across a boardwalk or a bench or a fence or a bridge I have to take one with it in the picture. 😛

You can see how far we went to see the falls. Beyond this point we didn’t go as everything looked icy and steep.

Of course our feet in the snow…why not, right!

And finally both of us with this snowman cutout that someone put it at the entrance to the trail that leads to the Blackledge Falls.

It had been a little tough walk for us, but we did it. And we are raring to go for more winter hikes later this year.

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