On a wander with my Dad around Connecticut (such a frequent occurrence that we have a name for our wanders: "in search ofs") my Dad took me to a park he had only recently discovered. Yantic Falls, also known as Indian Leap is a small park with hiking paths, old railroad tracks, and a beautiful waterfall.
History of the area:
Indian Leap was frequented by Mohegan Indians in the 1600s and earlier. The following is excerpted from the sign at the park. "In 1643 Uncas, Sachem of the Mohegans, led his warriors in the famous battle against their rival tribe the Narragansetts. During the battle, the Narragansetts were pursued by the Mohegans. Legend has it that a band of Narragansetts, unfamiliar with the territory, unknowingly reached the high treacherous escarpment of the Falls. The Narragansetts, rather than surrender, attempted to leap the chasm. Unsuccessful, they plunged to their deaths into the abyss below."
Energy from the Yantic Falls fueled industry such as paper and cotton mills until the early 1900s. All around Norwich, Connecticut you will find remains of the industrial era, including the train tracks in the below photographs.
Where to find Yantic Falls and what else to do in the area:
Yantic Falls can be found in Upper Falls Park off of Sherman Street in Norwich. I'd suggest stopping nearby for a cheesesteak at Philly's before stopping at the park so you can enjoy your sandwich outdoors. If you are looking for even more to do in the area, check out this post detailing 50 things to do in Connecticut.
Have you found anything near your hometown that you never knew existed?
I'm linking up with Esther and Jacob for their Local Adventures Link Up.