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Litchfield Hills

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Litchfield Hills

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Litchfield Hills is in Connecticut.

Regions[edit]

Litchfield County[edit]

All of Litchfield county, located in the northwest corner of Connecticut, is within the Litchfield Hills region. This is the least densely populated region of Connecticut. The area is best known for its fall foliage and is a popular destination for leaf-peepers. Torrington is the largest city. Litchfield is the county seat.

Northern Fairfield County[edit]

The Litchfield Hills extend into northern Fairfield County, but excludes the cities in the shoreline area. The southernmost region of the Litchfield Hills has several larger towns, including the city of Danbury.

Cities and towns[edit]

Other destinations[edit]

Up in Salisbury are some of the largest hills in the state, including Mt. Frissel, Mt. Riga, and Bear Mountain.

Understand[edit]

The Litchfield Hills is characterized by the rolling hills of the Berkshire Range of the Appalachian Mountains. The region is comprised of Litchfield County and northern Fairfield County. The majority of the region is rural, and the larger population centers are mainly located in the southern portion of the region.

Climate[edit]

Northwestern Connecticut weather varies seasonally. Winter high temperatures range from 25 - 40 degrees, with lows typically below freezing. Snow and ice are common during the winter months, and the region is prone to Nor'easters, which produce blizzard conditions. January and February are the coldest and snowiest months of the year. Spring is typically the rainiest month, and temperatures range from 40 to 70 degrees. Summer high temperatures average near 75. It's unusual for the temperatures to exceed 90, but temperatures in the 80s are usually accompanied by high humidity. Thunderstorms are common in the spring and summer, and can be particularly severe in the early spring. Autumn is typically the driest season, with high temperatures ranging from 40 - 60 degrees. The first snowfall of the year usually occurs in late October or earlier November, but it is rare to receive more than an inch of snow before December. Typically, the first major snowfall will occur in mid- to late-December.

Talk[edit]

English is the primary language in the Litchfield Hills. It is not uncommon to hear a Boston, Long Island or New York accent in the region. Native residents do not have a noticeable accent, but traces of the aforementioned regional accents can sometimes be heard.

Get in[edit]

The Litchfield Hills is a rural area. There are no major transportation hubs located within the region. Most towns are accessible only by car.

By plane[edit]

There are no major airports in the region. The closest major airport is Bradley Internatinonal Airport, in Windsor Locks, which is serviced by all the major US carriers and offers a few international flights. The major New York City airports, JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark, are located approximately an hour to two hours from the southernmost cities of the Litchfield Hills.

By train[edit]

There is no rail service in the Litchfield Hills. Train stations are located in western New York and southern and central Connecticut.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • The Litchfield Hills is best known for its beautiful rolling hills and vibrant fall foliage.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • The Berkshire Range of the Appalachian Mountains give the Litchfield Hills its name. The region has many publicly accessible state forests and parks. The Appalachian trail cuts through the northwest corner of Connecticut, and shorter hiking trails abound throughout the area. In the winter, some trails are well suited for cross country skiing.
  • The Housatonic River is a very scenic waterway which flows from the Massachusetts border to Long Island Sound. The river is divided into two sections by a dam at the Great Falls, in Falls Village. The river is navigable by boat both above and below the falls, but the section above the falls is much wider and calmer. The section of the river below the Great Falls is much shallower, with faster flowing water. This section is not suitable for powered watercraft, but is well suited for kayaking and canoeing. Several outfitters in the region offer rentals. The water level may vary depending on the amount released from the dam. This section of the river has white water rapids up to Class III. The section of the Housatonic River below the Great Falls is also a popular location for flying fishing. Sections of the river are stocked with brown and rainbow trout. Fishing in the Housatonic is catch and release only.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Dining options vary greatly throughout the region and can be sparse in the more rural areas of the Litchfield Hills. Restaurants are plentiful larger cities, which have more dining which have a diverse selection of cuisine. American cuisine, Italian cuisine, and pizzerias are most the common establishments in the area, and may be the only choices in rural regions. Major dining chains and fast food establishments are located only in the cities. Smaller towns typically have locally owned establishments, which are generally found close to the town center or main street. While the smaller towns have fewer options, many of the more upscale restaurants are located there. Town centers and main streets are also home to bakeries, delis, and artisan food shops.

Although agriculture is not as prevalent in the region as it once was, local produce is available at farm standings during the summer and several farms offer "pick-your-own" produce. Sweet corn is a common crop and is best in late July and August. There are still a few operating dairies in the region, that sell milk, cheese and chocolate. The northwest hills is thick with maple trees, which are tapped in the spring to make maple syrup.

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are several wineries in the Litchfeild Hills.

As is common in the northeast, not all dining establishments serve alcohol. Establishments that do not serve alcohol will typically allow patrons to bring their own alcohol.

Stay safe[edit]

Crime[edit]

The Litchfield Hills is a fairly affluent area and has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.

Weather[edit]

Weather can be unpredictable. If visiting during the winter, expect snow and ice. Early fall or late spring snowstorms may occur. Thundershowers are common during the spring and summer months. Daytime high temperatures are typically 10 - 20 degrees above overnight lows, so plan accordingly.

Get out[edit]

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