Cornwall is a town in Connecticut. It is comprised of many small parts from yesteryear, but today is generally divided into three parts, Cornwall Bridge, West Cornwall, and Cornwall Village. Cornwall Village is purely residential aside from two churches, the town hall, a library, and a post office. West Cornwall is the most commercial of the three and contains nearly all eating and shopping establishments. Cornwall Bridge is home to the only beds in town, a single restaurant, a general store, and a few other shops. Cornwall had a population of 1434 at the time of the 2000 census.
There is no public transportation to Cornwall. The only reliable way to Cornwall is by car. Nearby Amenia (New York) (20-25 minutes) has a Metro-North Railroad line running to and from New York City. By car, Cornwall is found on Routes 7 and 4. Route 7 is a small state highway stretching up and down the Eastern Coast. Route 4 is a Connecticut route running from the border with New York State east through Hartford.
There are three ways to get around Cornwall. You can drive, bike, or if you are feeling adventurous, you can take a canoe, kayak, or raft down the Housatonic River between West Cornwall and Cornwall Bridge.
West Cornwall contains the famed West Cornwall Covered Bridge. This is one of the most quaint and well known of Connecticut’s covered bridges. It is barn red and crosses the Housatonic River. Nearby is the “commercial district” of West Cornwall including shops, restaurants, a general store, a video rental store, a post office, and plenty of nice country homes.
- Cornwall Bridge. (updated Apr 2019)
Be sure to take advantage of the Housatonic River. You can rent kayaks, canoes, and raft to float on down the river from Clarke Outdoors, located between Cornwall Bridge and West Cornwall on Rt. 7. They will drop you off and pick you up to bring you back to your car.
The Housatonic River in Cornwall is a fly-fishing hot spot. You can get set up to fly fish in Cornwall Bridge at Housatonic Outiftters.
There is also a campground if that is your style. This might even be a good pairing with a day or two on the Appalachian Trail, which runs through Cornwall.
For shopping, West Cornwall is the place to go. There are several quaint clothing and gift shops. There is also a fine pottery shop.
Cornwall doesn’t have many eating establishments, but all of them are located in West Cornwall.
- For a nice and scenic breakfast, lunch or Dinner try out the Wandering Moose, located right next to the bridge in West Cornwall.
- For an amazing French dinner, go to RSVP right up the road in the heart of West Cornwall. Be sure to call a good two months ahead. At least. This restaurant charges $75 a head and books very far in advance. But it will be worth your dollar and wait.
- For a more casual setting, try a sandwich at the Berkshire Country Store, known to locals as “Walter’s” located on Rt. 4, east of Cornwall Bridge and Village.
Or try out Baird’s General Store or the West Cornwall Market for deli sandwiches or to pick up something to make back at your hotel or campsite.