Wadsworth Falls State Park
- Main park entrance at 770 Wadsworth St. Middletown, CT
- Easiest access to falls at 25 Cherry Hill Rd, Rockfall, CT
Trail Map Trails: 3 miles Rating: ★★★★☆
Wadsworth Falls has about three miles of trails traveling between the notable water features of the park. The main entrance provides a large lot with easy access to the beach swimming area. Popular in the summer, facilities include a picnic area, changing room, and bathrooms.
Heading northeast from the beach area leads to a number of colored blazed trails. Taking the Orange to the Blue trails will lead to Little Falls a tall but gentle fall that runs slowly most of the year. There is an awkward section of trail at the end of the Orange blazed trail as it hits Cherry Hill Rd. Due to the train tracks hikers must walk along Cherry Hill Rd a short distance to reach the main falls.
Another notable feature is the yellow trail along Laurel Grove Brook and the view of the old pumphouse. The Purple trail follows an old sweeping road that originally led to the Wadsworth Estate. It now crosses Laurel Grove Rd and provides access to the Wadsworth Estate grounds for additional hiking opportunities and sights.
The main falls are just off the road near 25 Cherry Hill Rd. There is easy parking that does fill up quickly on weekends. From the parking lot, it is a very short walk downhill to a full view of the powerful falls.
Swimming is currently prohibited at the falls but the beach area in the main section of the park has reopened after renovations.
Beach State and Water Quality reports can be found here: State Swimming Area Water Quality Report
Established as a state park in 1942 when it was donated by Clarence Wadsworth. It was originally part of his Long Hill estate.
Wadsworth Falls was one of the picks for the 2019 Sky’s the Limit Hiking Challenge.
In July of 2020, director Ron Howard visited the falls (twitter link).
- The Geology of Wadsworth Falls State Park
- Peter Marteka – The Stone Arch Bridges Of Wadsworth Falls State Park (2013)
- Peter Marteka – Col. Wadsworth Recognized Beauty Of His Land (2008)
- Peter Marteka – Path to ‘The Falls’ Is Trip Through History (1998)
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Last updated November 15th, 2019
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