Valley Falls is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near manchester, CT that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, fishing, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
There are 8.5 miles of blazed trails in the 183-acre park, as well as a picnic pavilion, toilet facilities, and a swimming beach. A section of the Hop River trail passes threw the park. Loop around the pond and hike out into the park by going to the left. To the right of the pond there is a water fall and trail that leads up to the Hop river Trail. Cross it and continue to hike up to view the valley from two look out points.
This is an easy to moderate trail. Most is easy walking, there are some roots to negotiate, but its not bad at all. I think the reason its considered moderate is there are a couple of spots that you need to walk up a short but steep hill.
If you start by walking over the foot bridge to the right of the pond, your walk will begin with a pretty little stream for the first 10 minutes or so. After that, there is very little water on this walk, as the other streams dry up in early summer.
Great spot for hiking with dogs, cool views and a lower trail that's easy on the knees!
afterwards got some sun on the beach.
beautiful place! great trails!
Great view up top
Used to mountain bike here years ago starting from the old Manchester drive in off 384 near 44
Tried a few years back but there are now a bunch of houses up
Have gone back and hiked and biked from park entrance. Not quite the same but still nice
Great mountain biking trials, pet friendly, great people around. If you like challenging up hill mountain biking, go here!
Great trail to hike. Vernon was my hometown and growing up this was a great place to end up running or hiking the rails to trails to/from. love the ledges and they have a great overview of the tree tops.
Easy trail with lots to see from old railroad markings to wildlife. We always take to dog and go off trail. It's my go to hike.
Walked this whole thing from Bolton Notch to Valley Falls. The nature preserve at the top of valley falls is beautiful with local garnet glittering in all of the schist. Miraculous variety of geology starting at the lower elevation in Bolton Notch at the limestone caves. Wow, that's a treat! Wish it wasn't so marked up with graffiti. It was really amazing to see some of the markings from the old railroad. Love this place.
This is great for kids and dogs! Lots to see and explore. Kemba (our 2 yr old pup) loved it! There a lots of places to stop and play in the creek. Not a difficult hike but it is still fun!
We only went here for a short excursion, but it was a great place. There were a lot of people fishing, walking dogs, and hiking. The trails were all clearly marked and impeccably maintained, with nice wooden walkways/staircases at a few locations. The place had a great vibe, you could tell it's a local go-to spot for hiking in the area. Though it's in close proximity to route 84 and densely populated residential areas, it felt removed, like we were out in the woods in some less-traveled area. All around it was a great little visit...
For being in Vernon this trail is spectacular. Its got a nice view at the top and is right next to Hop River trail. Been going here since I was a little kid and still come here time to time. Not a super challenging trail but its the closest thing to home for me so when time can't afford a half hour drive to somewhere else this will suffice.