Wadsworth Falls State Park

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Wadsworth Falls State Park
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT1,460 contributions
Jun 2020
We've wanted to come here for a while and were lucky enough to get parking here on a warm, sunny afternoon - a rarity in these times, when this park generally reaches full capacity fairly early in the morning. The park's pretty big, with a few trails, a small beach, a river, and the eponymous waterfalls (there are two: a smaller waterfall and a larger one). You can go swimming in the river or the small falls (you can't swim at the bigger one), and the beach area also have picnicking tables. We didn't see a lifeguard for people swimming in the river, so be careful if you're going to get in the water. You can also go fishing here if you want. The trails accommodate several hiking levels, so you can do a challenging hike or simply go for a stroll. We settled in a small field off the main area, and enjoying having a picnic in the sunshine. This park is super popular and gets full pretty quickly, so plan your visit accordingly - when we were here, there seemed to be a couple of birthday parties, several barbecues, and lots of people enjoying the nice weather.
Written June 14, 2020
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gladysbarros66
Connecticut243 contributions
Nov 2020 • Family
I was looking for things to see in the area, while on a day trip and I just love waterfalls. So when I saw there was a waterfalls we just had to stop and visit before making our way home. Little did we know at the time there was a long way and a short way to the falls, Lol.
So we made the big hike right after lunch and just before sunset. Needless to say we burned off a few calories by the time we reached the falls. Just as we arrived at the falls, the park rangers asked if we made the hike because the park closed at dusk in about 45 minutes. We had no idea that there was a parking lot right next to the falls. So rule of thumb make sure if you are up for the hike, bring good walking shoes, a bottle of water, a use the facilities before you start out on your journey. Or if not have your GPS bring you to the closer parking lot. Lol
Written November 23, 2020
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Elizabeth R
Farmington, CT2,165 contributions
Nov 2020 • Friends
Simply a beautiful location with multiple trails, and plenty of beauty. The full loop is a little hilly, but we saw plenty of families with small kids able to make it all the way around with little difficulty. The waterfalls are of course the best sites to be seen, and if one wants to skip the hiking altogether, the best or biggest falls is adjacent to a parking lot. We chose to start at the opposite end of the park and work our way to the big Falls. The Little Falls are just as breathtaking but in a much more subtle way, and far more peaceful as they were no spectators at this site when we walked by. Would highly recommend
Written November 2, 2020
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GlobeTrotting490975
Middlefield, CT1 contribution
Jun 2020
Over crowded. No parking. Garbage on the ground and in the river. People urinate and defecate in the woods around the falls. This park is designed as a stop over place to view the falls, fish and perhaps take some pictures. It’s not intended for picnicking and swimming. What once was a beautiful place is now a shameful garbage dump.
Written July 18, 2020
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Beth C
1 contribution
Jul 2020 • Friends
This park is a scenic overlook and trail hiking destination only.
There is no swimming, no alcohol, no picnicking or actual barbecuing allowed.
The parking lot is often full and the residential area does not allow illegal parking on the streets or in the local church.
Written July 21, 2020
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Carolyn H
White Plains, NY6 contributions
Aug 2021
The big waterfall was magnificent, and the little was was wonderful for quiet contemplation without crowds. The shady woods were welcome during the summer. The pond water was rather silty when swimming, but that was to be expected a few days after a hurricane.
Written September 1, 2021
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KH1467
5 contributions
Apr 2021
We did a quick drive-by visit to this park when we had an hour between our tour of Wesleyan and dinner. The waterfall is at the south end of the park -- super close to the parking lot. I can't speak to the amenities or hiking trails, but the waterfall was pretty!
Written April 26, 2021
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Thei Cherry
Brewster, MA4 contributions
Apr 2020
I went during Covid19 so the parking lot was full. All you have to do is park up the block at the church on Cherry Hill Rd. The main waterfall is right by the main parking lot and it's really pretty but not too large or too high. I guess there are lots of trails, but I would print out a map trail if you don't want to get lost.
Written April 25, 2020
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benton2569
Willington, CT618 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
We have hiked to Wadsworth Falls several times. I'm guessing its a little over a mile each way over gently rolling terrain. Its more of an incline on the way there but nothing crazy. The trail itself is pretty wide and nicely maintained. Almost anyone, including families, in reasonable shape shouldn't have any trouble.

The falls themselves are impressive and are usually raging. In drier times you can go out onto the ledge by the base of the falls. You do have to go down a fairly short yet steep set of stairs to get to the base. There is also an observation area at the top that is more easily accessible.

I'm not sure if swimming is permitted or not but I noted it in other reviews? I have seen people fishing there but never swimming. There is also a small field area where you can picnic, fly a kite, throw a Frisbee etc.
Written April 27, 2018
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Pchee72
Fernandina Beach, FL400 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
No erosion control, poor hiking trails, main orange trail to waterfall ended up on a street and then you had to walk across a regular street to reach the waterfall. It’s pretty but doesn’t look like it’s maintained. Never been to a state park where you had to cross a street.
You don’t have to enter park and pay $15.
You can park in lot on Cherry Hill Street and walk over to waterfall. Don’t recommend taking small children on the hike in. About 2 plus miles in that way and 2 plus miles back.
Written August 19, 2018
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