DESCRIPTION: Tobey Falls is the middle and largest of three sets of riverine falls on lower Wilson Stream. It is a little bit harder to find than the other two, but is worth the extra effort. The falls consists of three (or four) ledge drops, the largest of which becomes a 45 degree slide falls in high water. The total drop is more than thirty feet, with the main falls dropping about twelve feet. Slate adjacent to the upper falls displays numerous hydraulic erosion features. There is a good swimming spot next to the main falls that is deeper than, but not as large as, the pools at Early’s Landing and Big Wilson falls. A picnic area (no tables) is located next to the main falls. A riverside trail extends downstream from the main falls along an old tote road to the mouth of Leeman Brook. Below Leeman Brook there is a small lower falls, as depicted on the USCGS topo map for the area. The lower falls are located next to several private camps (no public access).
Scenic Rating: 3/5
Difficulty Rating: 2/5
Hike Duration: falls adjacent to parking
Handicap Access: Yes
GPS Reading: N45.314286 W69.416438
DeLorme Atlas: Map 31 A5 marked in DeLorme
DIRECTIONS: From downtown Guilford, drive north on State Route 150 to Willimantic. 8.7 miles north of Guilford, leave Route 150 and cross the bridge over Davis Brook, on the road to Willimantic. 1.4 miles north of the Davis Brook bridge the Tobey Falls road comes in from your left, opposite the Mountain View Farm. This gravel woods road was largely rebuilt in August 2007, making it much friendlier for low-clearance passenger vehicles.
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Photos: ©Bob Hamer