In the foothills of the Berkshires, Norfolk, established in 1758, has three state parks within its borders and miles and miles of hiking/cross-country skiing trails overseen by the Norfolk Land Trust. Norfolk is the summer home of the Yale School of Music and Art as well as the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and popular, year-round Infinity Hall. This community of 1,667 residents has an excellent school, Botelle, a monthy newspaper, Norfolk Now, an engaging historical museum, a five-star library, a curling club and The Norfolk Country Club. During the warmer months there is a thriving farmers market.
To the East of Norfolk is the beautiful, rural town of Colebrook, incorporated in 1779. The town is 32.9 square miles and has a population of 1520. Colebrook features an active historical society and land conservancy, Algonquin State Park, and 1.4 square miles of lakes and ponds. 700-acre Colebrook River Lake is open seasonally for fishing and boating and has a large boat ramp available. The Colebrook Town Pond is Colebrook’s life-guarded summer swimming hole adjacent to its Little League field. The YMCA’s Camp Jewell welcomes local kids to its programs. Distinctly rural, Colebrook is filled with mountains, lakes, streams, and forestland.