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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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  • 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 »
  • A wonderful place to hike! Make sure you go after a good rain. No water coming off the falls when we took our hike 
  • Nice little hike. Well maintained. Waterfall is gorgeous. Got a little lost finding the big falls, and took the path less traveled on the way back for fun. Otherwise, really well marked! Blue and oran...  more »
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  • Easy to get to, near the main roads of Middletown. Beautifully kept area, small stream running through, kids love it in summer. Man-made swimming hole, not too deep and easy to keep an eye on kiddos. Trails are kept clear of debris, great for running. Trails are not difficult but lovely in any season.
  • A wonderful state park with a very reasonable entrance fee. Check the state websites for fees, as it varies during the week. Wadsworth has some fantastic hiking trails during the year, which work wonderfully for snow shoeing during the winter months. The trails are well blazed and cared for. While hiking the length of the park can be a considerable distance (over 3 miles), the hike itself is fairly easy, with wide trails and minimal elevation changes. The views of the falls are fantastic. The southern tip of the park hosts Wadsworth Falls, along with a parking area for anyone not interested in walking along the trails. The northern end of the park has a beach, along with dressing rooms and bathroom facilities. The beach sits on a small lake, so don't expect anything too deep. However, it's perfect for families with young children. There is also a shaded picnic area for lunch or escape from the sun. The Little Falls are found in the middle of the park. Follow the blue blazed trail, looking out for signs directing you to Little Falls. (Wadsworth Falls is marked as "Big Falls.") This park is also home do a giant laurel, a mountain laurel that has grown to be over 15 feet tall and 30 feet in diameter. Many of the stems and branches are nearly a foot wide. A very interesting specimen for any flora enthusiasts!
  • Beautiful place. Nice walking trails and a swimming pond in season. Check it out after a heavy rain!
  • This park is actually divided up in to two areas where you can park. There is the main entrance, which has a nice large watering hole and beach to relax and swim. This area is great for families and children. If you go around the corner about 5 minutes away, you'll find a small parking lot for the actual falls. They are very quiet and secluded, but they created some nice steps to get you down to the area. They waterfall was very pretty and serene
  • Amazing little park for a short hike. Beautiful place to explore. Waterfalls and greenery are beautiful. Just beware of some of the blazes not matching the colors on the map! Luckily it's not too big of a place and hard to truly get lost, but the color difference can be confusing!