About North Branford
What's North Branford, Connecticut like?
Still known as a farming community, North Branford, Connecticut shares many of the area’s abundant recreational resources. Open space, parks, hiking, breathtaking rural landscapes, the Historical District and the many other unique aspects of the town, contribute to the overall quality of life.
With a population of about 13,500 people, North Branford stretches north to Durham and south to Branford, east to Guilford, and west to Wallingford and North Haven. There are many rural and sparse suburban sections, with farm stands along many major roads, but North Branford is also home to more than 4600 hundred jobs, the majority of which are in the manufacturing sector.
It is within ten miles of the region’s greatest attractions, from the urban center of New Haven with all its rich history, culture and landmarks to the beaches of the CT shoreline. Over 80% of the housing stock is single family and median priced.
North Branford, CT Schools & Education
Public school students in North Branford attend one of two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. There are abundant sports facilities, both at the schools and at local parks, sports complexes, and skating rinks.
The Commute Getting Around
Many residents of adjoining towns pass through some part of North Branford on a regular basis, often stopping for ice cream, corn, or other fruits of the land, or commuting. The major State Routes of 80 and 22 intersect in North Branford just north of Route 1. Despite its agricultural and woodsy reputation, North Branford is an easy drive to New Haven, where the largest employers are Yale University and Yale New Haven Hospital, or to the many industrial parks there and in surrounding towns.
Map of North Branford, CT
North Branford, Connecticut Things to Do
Ripe for an epicurean adventure, the area offers craft breweries, wineries with tasting rooms and PYO ,(pick your own) orchards with creameries and massive farm stands that are popular with locals and visitors alike. Rose Orchards and near-by Bishop’s Orchard in Guilford offer family fun in addition to a wealth of seasonal fruits and vegetables and dairy products.
There are numerous historical sites including the Gordon S. Miller Farm Museum and The Little White Gas Station run by the Totoket Historical Society. Visit The Little Red School House and spend the day in the Northford Historical District, when Northford was the “Christmas Card Center of the World.”
Lake Saltonstall Recreation Area offers opportunities for fishing and hiking and a walk along the Metacomet Ridge, a Blue-Blazed Trail that is part of a 62-mile trek through the newly designated New England National Scenic Trail.