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Yantic Falls (Indian Leap)

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Waterfalls, Hiking Trails, Healthy/Active, Historical, Adventurous
Yantic Falls, Norwich, CT

Activity Overview

The hike to this waterfall is quick and easy. It is located just off of Route 2 in Norwich, CT. The falls are about forty feet high and make for a great photo op. The falls are very wide and high. Just after the falls the river is squeezed through a narrow gorge.

Things to Do

  • Enjoy the sights and the sounds of the waterfall.
  • Visit during the different seasons for a very different look and feel. Spring is the best time to visit for the most action, but the falls continues year round and can even be viewed in the winter
  • Take photos from the train bridge

Yantic Falls Insider Tips

  • Although you can view the waterfall year round, Spring is the best time to go!
  • There is some local Native-American history linked to Yantic Falls (Indian Leap). The following description is from a placard at the park.

"Yantic falls, know as Indian Leap, was a favorite encampment of the Mohegan Indians. 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."

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