Satan's Kingdom State Recreation Area, New Hartford

(4.1/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
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  • Feeling devilish? Well, if you're in Connecticut, why not stop by the Satan's Kingdom State Recreation Area, on Route 44, just outside of New Hartford. I would do it on a hot day, because you'll be tr...  more »
  • All the reviews are accurate. It's a long trip. It can be dangerous because a its a natural river but we decided the conditions were safe for our children (pretty slow mid summer). There are lots of t...  more »
  • very easy access to the river. In the summer lots of people in the middle fishing, but much better for fishing in the fall. However, very susceptible to warming of water if dam releases are cut back 
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  • Before I write my full opinion I just want to say in advance that we went when the river was extremely low! Which they did warn you about. So please keep that in mind when reading this. You are pretty much on your own at this place. From picking out your tube and life jacket to getting on and off the tube at both the beginning and end. There is also only 1 person along the entire 2.5 mile stretch to help you in the event of only one type of emergency and that is if your feet get trapped under a rock. Other than that if there is any kind of emergency or even an issue, again you are on your own. The river was so low that you barely moved along and you were constantly hug up on rocks and have to get yourself off of them. You're packed in like sardines and it's like bumper cars only in slow speed. And although they post all these rules about not having this or that on the water such as coolers, alcohol, cigarettes and plastic containers etc...people put in their tubes and anything else they want at other entries along the river so there's definitely all of the above and more on the part of the river where you paid for your tubing and they didn't. So perhaps it is fair to say that in order to find out if I'd give a better review on at least parts of my experience, I'd have to go again when the river is much higher. Here's my final tip. Definitely read the rules and regulations portion and information portion, in full, on the website itself to make sure you know what you are getting into before you venture out.
  • Pretty fun This is essentially a giant lazy river that you go down in an intertube. It's $20 which includes the tube and life jacket rental, and a bus ride back to the beginning. This isn't the best activity for kids. You must sign a waiver, mainly because it can be dangerous. There are rocks everywhere in the water. I was unfortunate: while going down a 2-3 foot "rapid", I hit my tailbone on a huge rock in the water. Otherwise, very fun thing to do in the summer for $20.
  • Great place to drop in when going tubing/kayaking. There is another parking spot 3 min south where park a second car, and to get out of the water. There are some fun small rapids, although you will most likely run into a fisherman on your trip.
  • Love this place. Great for tubing. Me and my family love going here.
  • Great place! Love the river tubing. 20$ gets you about 2 hours worth of short rapids, quick dips and long stretches of lazy river. Fun for everyone, and a great way to spend a hot day!