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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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  • Great beginner trail with a small waterfall along the way and larger waterfall at the end. Definite plus is the swimming at the beach at the park entrance (the side you pay for). Swimming is supposedl...  more »
  • I love going to Wadsworth all times of the year. It's one of my favorite places to go for easy trail running and leisure hikes. It's easy to get to and close to downtown Middletown if ever you want to...  more »
  • Beautiful scenery and falls and trails are beautiful and pretty challenging. Park also has a beach along with trails leading to two beautiful waterfalls. This is a must. Very highly recommended. Great...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Definitely a nice park. The only part I hate is that they charge you a ridiculous amount to park in the lot. There is no parking out front, but if you park on the dirt road on the east side of the park, it is free and there is a bridge allowing you free, unrestricted access to the park. The waterfalls are a much better sight when it has recently rained. There are a lot of bugs, but definitely my favorite park in the area!
  • Go down the road from the main entrance and park by the falls. Can still walk the trails and it's free. ( no bathroom though unless you make it all the way to the other end of the trail. ) Trails are well marked. Mostly shade which is good.
  • Perfect place for a leisurely stroll through nature. Well marked and easy trails with picture perfect views all along your routes. Not too strenuous for kids and enough visual interest to engage even the littlest hiker.
  • Nice waterfall... the trail is 45 mins from the parking ground... There is a another direct parking available at the waterfall so take this shortcut if interested which I came to know after taking the trailer