Wadsworth Falls State Park
Wadsworth Falls State Park
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GlobeTrotting490975
Middlefield, CT1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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
Durham, CT1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Elizabeth R
Farmington, CT3,873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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MikeEcsedy
Brookfield, CT136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Impressive waterfall! We did the hike from the north end of the park to the waterfall. We ran into plenty of joggers, dog-walkers, and meditators. It was a little chilly since it was fall and there is so much shade, but fall made it all the more beautiful. The little falls wasn't that impressive, maybe it would be better soon after a rain.
Written October 19, 2022
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yalibrarian
San Antonio, TX355 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I was driving from Hartford to Mystic and decided to make this easy stop near Hartford. Convenient free parking in a 15+ car lot with a very short walk (maybe 50 yards) to the falls. If you go left from the lot, there's a low decline/incline path on hard-pack dirt; to the right there is a quicker route, but with fairly steep stairs. Waterfall is approximately 25 feet across, maybe 20 feet high. Nothing spectacular, but picturesque, and the river and foliage make for some nice photos.
Written November 9, 2023
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Carolyn H
White Plains, NY5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, MA6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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, CT720 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, FL376 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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