Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middletown

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Wadsworth Falls State Park, or simply Wadsworth Falls, is a Connecticut state park located in the towns of Middletown and Middlefield. The park lies in the northeast corner of Middlefield, and extends across the town border into Middletown with the main entrance on Route 157. The park itself consists of a series of marked trails covering and is intersected by the Coginchaug River, a tributary of the Connecticut River.There is also a swimming and picnicking area in the park grounds. The swimming pool is paved with soil cement to prevent leakage. Water is pumped from water wells located near the Coginchaug River. Through the hiking trails there is a small brown bridge leading to the falls. Wadsworth Falls is 30 feet (9.1 m) high, with 52 feet (16 m) of water trickling over sandstone along the trail.HistoryThe falls are named after Clarence C. Wadsworth, a colonel in the New York National Guard who owned the property where the park now exists. He had a fine reputation in academics, and studied linguistics avidly. He settled in Middletown, Connecticut, home of Wesleyan University, it became his passion for 45 years to preserve Wadsworth Falls. His will established the Rockfall Corporation, which is tasked to maintain the protection of the land, plants, and animals in his estate. In 1942, of the estate were given to the State of Connecticut.
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  • We are on a quest......hiking to waterfalls ! Found a book which describes the more famous falls in New England and we are investigating them , one by one. This Fall we did visit Wadsworth State Park ...  more »
  • We've been to a few weddings there. It is excellent for a wedding. The Museum flows nicely for an affair. Very good food.  more »
  • Great hike for families. We went with kids ages 8 to 11 and they enjoyed it. Took us about 2 1/2 hours including snack time. Fairly easy to hike with some gentle slopes to get the heart pumping a bit ...  more »
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  • Nice park for a hike with trails to Little Falls and Big Falls. The later is Wadsworth Falls. You may need to be a bit adventurous as some trails start off with blazers that disappear. Also finding the trail head from the Wadsworth Falls parking lot is a challenge and requires a short walk along the roadside. But trails are well worth the hunt.
  • Peaceful park with several different trails for hiking, biking and walking. Beautiful streams and waterfalls. Pond for swimming. Plenty of picnic tables for cookout
  • Great place to hike. Labeled fairly well, most paths were cleared well just depends if you got off the beaten path. The falls were beautiful. Dog friendly and plenty of passers by so you didn't feel alone
  • Went on a hike with my husband and the dog we've been taking care of. We had a great time, despite getting a little lost along the way. The trails can be confusing if you haven't been here before. But the beautiful streams, trees, and waterfalls are well worth the detours involved.
  • This was my first time coming and my main focus was going to the waterfall for a photo shoot. If you're not interested in hiking and taking a 20+ minute walk you can actually drive to the waterfall on Cherry Hill Rd. It's about a 5 minute drive from the park. Parking at both entrances were free which was great. The water was nice, a lot of rocks so be careful! Besides the waterfall, its a very nice, relaxing place to bring family. I will definitely be going back very soon.

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