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Wadsworth Falls State Park

Spend a day by the waterfall or a fall day hiking or biking. Picnic areas, swimming, fishing.

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Clarence C. Wadsworth, noted scholar and linguist, settled in Middletown and embarked on a forty year effort to preserve the natural beauty of Wadsworth Falls. By his will, the land was given to the State of Connecticut in 1942, establishing what is now referred to as Wadsworth Falls State Park. The land was donated to the state for the preservation of the area and providing a variety of recreation opportunities for the citizens of the State of Connecticut. Activities: Fishing: The Coginchaug River runs through the length of the park and is stocked with trout. A fishing license is required for anyone16 years of age and older. Picnicking: Tables and grills are available in shaded areas, rustic locations, open grassy areas and streamside sites. Swimming: Three hundred feet of sandy beach on a fresh water pond provide a designated swimming area as well as space to relax in the sun. Alcoholic beverages, glassware, and pets are prohibited in the beach area. Trails: Families, hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and cross-country skiers will enjoy five miles of trails on gently rolling terrain. Be sure to visit the Little and Big Falls, as well as the giant Mountain Laurel. Bikers are asked to use courtesy and caution when approaching other trail users. Waterfall: Take a leisurely 1.5 mile hike or park nearby to view scenic Wadsworth Falls as it cascades over a twenty foot drop on the Coginchaug River. General information: The park is open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset. Park regulations are posted at the main entrance. Pets must be on a leash and under control at all times. Pets are prohibited from the beach area. There is a parking fee on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Access: The main park entrance is located on Route 157 in Middletown, near the Middlefield line. Additional parking is available for the Big Falls on Cherry Hill Road off Route 157.

Other amenities: Picnicking


Pricing: Weekdays: Free. Weekends and holidays: free for CT vehicles; $15/out-of-state vehicles.

Other Amenities: Open After COVID, Fishing, Swimming, Toilets, Hiking Trails, Mountain Bike Trails



721 Wadsworth St.
Middletown, CT 06457


Daily, 8 a.m.-sunset.

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