Yantic Falls - Indian Leap in Norwich, Connecticut

Friday, October 3, 2014



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.

The large waterfalls of Yantic Falls in Norwich, Connecticut

The large waterfalls of Indian Leap in Norwich, Connecticut

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.




A rail bridge across the Yantic Falls in Norwich, Connecticut

Railroad tracks in Norwich, 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.

16 comments:

  1. what a beautiful place to wander!
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  2. This looks similar to a place I used to wander off to when I was a kid. I used to love exploring far from home and sitting on the train tracks on a bridge. Now that I think about it.. it's kind of crazy my parents didn't know where I was when I was a kid.. It's so different nowadays. Thanks for linking up! :)

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    1. Great story! I used to explore all of the time when I was a kid too. We have woods all around the house and I used to spend so much time wandering in them.

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  3. What an incredible history. To think about the battle that took place there as you walk over the falls and trail must have been so powerful, I can almost hear the water.

    And I love the fact that you go exploring with your dad. My parents were never nature people, and I think it is a part of my life that I am rally trying to discover now as an adult.

    Thank you for sharing, I loved this.

    Angie from reasons to dress

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and reading! I didn't only explore nature with my dad, but also cities and towns as well. It was always fun.

      It sounds like you are now getting in touch with nature. I remember reading a blog post of yours when you went to the mountains. Another place that you may want to try visiting are botanical gardens in your area. Enjoy getting out in nature!

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  4. there is just something about waterfalls, isn't there? and the history of it makes it all the more intriguing and beautiful - what a discovery! x

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    1. You are so right! The area is so unassuming but then there is this beautiful waterfall.

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  5. Looks like a gorgeous place to wander! So fun that you and your dad go exploring often enough to name your explorations! I wish I lived closer to my family so I could do that!

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    1. Thank you. It was really nice. I haven't lived close to my family in a while, but it is nice to go exploring when I am home.

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  6. that is a beautiful place! I definitely need to start to discover my area here as well! I am sure such nice green places exist as well here :)

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    1. Yes, I love exploring local areas! I think it makes you appreciate where you live more.

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  7. What pretty pictures!! I particularly like the one of the railroad track reflected on the water.

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    1. Thank you! It was an easy place to photograph, as it was just so beautiful.

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