Northgate Falls


Northgate Falls is a wonderful roadside waterfall located in Simsbury, Connecticut. The waterfall has three distinct tiers and it drops about 30 feet in total. The three tiers have lead to this waterfall also being referred to as Three Falls. The lowest falls are an 8-foot cascade, the middle falls are two 12-foot horsetails, and the upper waterfall is a 10-foot fan.

Northgate Falls is fueled by a tributary to Bissell Brook which really only flows strongly after heavy rain and when snow melts in the spring. The waterfall is extremely easy to access. There is a small parking area located just steps away from the waterfall off Firetown Road in Simsbury. The waterfall is included in the McLean Game Refuge which is a 4,4000 acre nature preserve. Be sure to check out the nearby Carpenter’s Falls which is another beautiful waterfall located in the McLean Game Refuge. 


Waterfall Specs

  • Height: 30 feet
  • Type: Horsetails
  • Water Source: A tributary to Bissell Brook
  • Swimming: Good at the base of the waterfall only

Northgate Falls Location

  • Park: McLean Game Refuge
  • Address: 539-561 Firetown Road
  • Town: Simsbury
  • State: Connecticut
  • GPS: 41.917664, -72.852535
  • Parking Notes: There is a small parking area located on Firetown Road across the street from the waterfall. The parking area can hold about 4-5 cars and it is free to park at. After parking, visitors can walk across the road and then see the waterfall. The waterfall can be seen from the road and accessed within seconds of walking. 
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE


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