I usually head North on Route 7 as I head out from Interlaken, but the other day special plans brought me down to Cornwall, so I headed South on Route 7 instead. Well, I must say - what a pretty ride it was! You actually "hug" the mountainside while driving through thick shady trees, so lush and green, and for many miles the river runs right alongside you. It was a bright sunny day and the river was just sparkling! I wanted to stop the car and jump in! (OK, maybe just dip my toes in!). I am always talking about water, but referencing our lakefront, so I thought it would be nice to still talk about water and reference the beautiful Housatonic River instead!
You can actually paddle 10 miles of this river by simply visiting Clarke Outdoors in West Cornwall, CT, right on Route 7, just 10 minutes away from the Interlaken. You can either rent a canoe, kayak or a raft for your adventure out on the water. Your wet journey will begin in Falls Village (transported by van) and then end at the Housatonic Meadows Picnic area. Halfway through you will go under the historic Cornwall Bridge,and you can stop and either picnic there or find a nice place for lunch in the little village. Bring your camera (waterproof is recommended!) as there will be many places along the way to take some amazing nature shots. This is definitely on my agenda this summer with my family, be sure to put it on yours too!