Located in the southwestern part of the state, Southbury, CT was first settled in 1673. BBOnline scoped out some of the favorite local activities for you, including ones along the Pomperaug River.
Pomperaug River Watershed
Southbury, CT 06488
The Pomperaug River Watershed covers a 90 square mile forested area in southwestern Connecticut, and includes the Weepeekeemee and Nonnewaug Rivers. They flow together into the Pomperaug River, which then merges with the Housatonic River near Southbury at Lake Zoar. The Pomperaug is known to anglers as a "trophy stream" because of its high quality fly fishing. The water clarity is excellent. The river is stocked with steelhead trout, brown trout and brook trout before the inland fishing season begins in the spring, and it provides some of the best fresh water sport fishing in the Northeast. Largemouth bass, bluegill sunfish and rock bass can also be found. After a good day of fishing in the Pomperaug, it will feel great to relax in your Southbury bed and breakfast.
Naugatuck State Forest
Beacon Falls, CT 06403
A half hour drive east of Southbury, the Naugatuck State Forest offers over 5,000 acres of woodlands and has many miles of hiking trails through rock outcroppings and ledges. Most of the trails are not marked, but it's easy to get around. The trails are also popular with mountain bikers. There are a number of stunning waterfalls off Black Forest Road. The waterfalls are cascading and fairly large, but accessible by foot. Birdwatching is popular in the forest. Along Spruce Brook there is a trail up Toby's Rock Mountain. The view from the top is spectacular looking north through the Naugatuck River Valley. The fishing at Seymour Reservoir is good, with fishermen reporting luck landing trout and bass.
Glebe House Museum
49 Hollow Road
Woodbury, CT 06798
Five miles to the north of Southbury is the Glebe House Museum, situated along the Pomperaug River. The house was built in 1750. The site is the birthplace of the Episcopal Church in the New World and features an English garden designed by the world famous designer Gertrude Jekyll. Visitors can see what life was like before the American Revolutionary War in Connecticut. During the war it was assumed that New England Anglicans were loyal to the king, even though they were not. Just a few weeks after the war ended, a group of Anglicans met here and vowed to keep their heritage while helping to build a new nation, naming themselves Episcopalians. After falling into disrepair, the house was restored in 1923, and 18th century furniture was installed and opened to the public in 1925. The garden was installed in 1926 and is a mix of border and foundation plantings, and features a planted stone terrace and a beautiful rose alley. The museum is open from May through October, Wednesday to Sunday. At other times, call for information. After a day of exploring, it will feel terrific to head back to your Southbury inn.