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Walk at the Beautiful Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown

  • Apr 28, 2013 · 10:45 AM
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Welcome to a beautiful hike at Wadsworth Falls State Park.  Aptly named because it indeed has two beautiful waterfalls.  The first is the little falls which is nestled in a beautiful gully (see picture to left).  The second one is off the side of a road just at the end of the back end of one of the trails.

All are welcomed but remember: everyone walks at their own risk.  The terrain is a combination of declines, and level trails some of which is covered with moderate sized rocks making footing a bit challenging. There will also be muddy trails so wear footwear accordingly.  Here is a link with the map for the trail:

http://www.ct.gov/dep/lib/dep/stateparks/maps/wadsworth.pdf

The hike will be about 1.5 to 2 hrs.

As the map shows, we'll be entering the trail at the top left corner of the map.  In the beginning we will be walking the purple trail till it forks off to the yellow trail.  The yellow trail takes us along a wonderful waterway with soothing sounds of flowing water.  We all need to be careful tho as since the last storm many trees have come down along this path.  This makes this more challenging and should focus everyones attention.  Further down the yellow trail it then meets up with the blue trail.  At this point we find a steep hill to go down with lots of moderate sized rocks making it imperative for everyone to have good sturdy hiking shoes.  Once we get to the top of this climb we now go left onto the red trail where there is alot of muddy ground.  So once again wear footware that can take these conditions.  The red trail now forks to the left and right.  We'll now move to the left and enter the red loop trail.  If we're not careful we could walk continuously and come right back to where we started.  So we walk till we get to another divide and stay left.  Eventually we come to the Orange trail (which really looks tan).  We follow this and slowly ascend and walk along more of a waterway on our right.  We'll finally come to another fork where we can choose to visit the Big Falls (left) and come back along the road to visit the Little Falls later, or just go down a steep path (being very careful not to slip on the leaves) to visit the Little Falls immediately.

As usual, dogs are definitely welcomed and should be on a leash but again they will get dirty albeit the Little Falls has an area where they can clean off without further concern of mud on the rest of the trail.

The address for the trail is :

721 Wadsworth St Middletown CT

Depending on which direction you're coming, you need to get to Middletown on Rt 66, which is exit 18 off I-91.  Turn left onto Jackson Hill Rd which becomes Rt 157.  Follow Rt 157 until you come to Main St on the left (turn there) which is also Rt 157 (be careful because 157 continues even if you go straight).  Stay on 157 (Main St) and you'll see the Park Parking lot on your right.

If you pass the initial turnoff from Rt 66 then continue down Rt 66 till you get to the corner where Walgreens is located and turn right onto West St.  Then turn right onto Rt 157.  Then go to the next stop sign and you'll see a sign directing you to turn left to stay on Rt 157.  Take that turn and follow the road around as it bends to the right and the park entrance will be on the left hand side.

After the hike anyone whose interested may want to join us at the Emporium in Middletown which is about 10 mins from the Park.  Here's their website menu.

http://www.newenglandemporium.com/

If you need to contact me for any reason call my Cell at:[masked] or email on meetup.

Looking forward to a fun adventurous hike!!  See you all there!!!

P.S. Here's some interesting information that many hikers may not know about.  Alot of you may have seen what looks like a sudsy foam at the bottom of a waterfall.  Here's a description of this common phenomena which I got off a Niagara Falls website but which I believe to be a common to water falls in general:

Here's the site:  http://www.niagarafrontier.com/faq.html#foam

 

What is the foam in the water below the Falls?

 

The foam in the water is a natural phenomenon. It is actually calcium carbonate which comes from the mist (water) as it evaporates while going over the Falls. The calcium carbonate mixes with decaying diatoms and other forms of algae to create the foam. As it moves downstream it will remix with the water and disappear. It may also be found to occur in the area of the Whirlpool as well. In the olden days [masked]'s) the scum was quite often phosphates and other pollutants.

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Why is the water at the Falls blue/green in colour?

 

The water is naturally blue/green in color. That color changes daily with the weather and the amount of sediment in the water.

The water color is caused by two sources: sunlight refraction and diatoms in the water (microscopic plants such as algae and plankton in the water).

After storms in the area or even Lake Erie, the water becomes murky brown. This is caused by the bottom sediment being stirred up and being carried in the water.

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  • Carol S.

    so sorry i did not make this walk - something came up at the last minute - hope you pick this spot again soon!

    April 29, 2013

  • Nicole M.

    It was great, enjoyed meeting all the nice people, beautiful scenery and perfect weather.

    April 28, 2013

  • Bryan

    Thanks to everyone for making this a great safe hike! Hope to see everyone another time at one of our future hikes! Have a great week!

    April 28, 2013

  • jack

    beautiful

    April 28, 2013

  • Rosemary

    Great walk! I hope we do this one again soon!! Thanks, everyone, for looking out for me!!

    April 28, 2013

  • Becky

    It was great, and we got to see two waterfalls! Thank you!``

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Location was beautiful and the trail, though not difficult, had enough grade to work up a good sweat. Nice turn out of people as well, which we can only blame on the warm weather.

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • jan

    do we need hiking boots or will sneakers work?

    April 28, 2013

    • Charlie H.

      I won't be with the group today but I've been to the falls before and sneakers are fine - hiking boots are ok too.

      April 28, 2013

    • Bryan

      hiking boots preferred but sneakers ok

      April 28, 2013

  • Linda M

    Is there charge for parking this time of year?

    April 28, 2013

    • Charlie H.

      No, there is no charge for parking - only when there is swimming - too soon for that!

      April 28, 2013

    • Bryan

      no parking fee till after memorial day

      April 28, 2013

  • jan

    i will be bringing a friend.

    April 27, 2013

  • jack

    Not a difficult hike, not muddy but you will cross a small stream. A beautiful Hike indeed...

    April 27, 2013

  • Becky

    Looking forward to it, it looks beautiful!

    April 27, 2013

  • jan

    im thinking about it. muddy though???

    April 27, 2013

  • Kim O

    Please let me know if you get a cancellation for this hike.

    April 22, 2013

    • Charlie H.

      Thanks for fixing this, Bryan - great that so many members want to walk at the falls.

      April 23, 2013

    • Charlie H.

      Hey Kim you can sign up now!

      April 26, 2013

  • Madabushi

    I like Wadsworth walking trail,its one of my favorite place!!! Hope it will be in 70's on sunday. see you all

    April 26, 2013

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