Not to be confused with Cornwall, 4 miles to the southeast, nor with Cornwall Bridge, 7 miles to the south, this tiny village is best known for its picturesque covered bridge, one of only two in the state that still permits the passage of cars. The bridge connects routes 7 and 128, crossing the Housatonic. With a state forest to the north and a state park to its immediate south, West Cornwall enjoys a piney seclusion that remains welcoming to passersby.
Housatonic Meadows State Park, on Route 7 (tel. 860/424-3200; www.ct.gov), comprises 452 acres bordering both sides of the Housatonic River immediately south of West Cornwall. With 95 campsites, it offers access to fishing, canoeing, picnicking, and cross-country skiing. Housatonic Anglers, Route 7 (tel. 860/672-4457; www.housatonicanglers.com), offers float trips, fly-fishing schools, and guided fishing trips.
Just outside Cornwall proper, off Route 4, is Mohawk Mountain Ski Area, 46 Great Hollow Rd. (tel. 860/672-6100; www.mohawkmtn.com). "Mountain" is an overstatement, but this is the state's oldest ski resort, with five lifts, 23 trails, snowmakers, and night skiing. All-day lift tickets are $47 for adults, $22 for night skiing (6-10pm). Skis and snowboards are available for rent.
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