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Lover's Leap Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near New Milford, Connecticut that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 1.2 mi Elevation gain 196 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Muddy

Historic site

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Getting There

Trails through the park will lead the walker through centuries of land-use history. Heading northeast from the parking lot the trail utilizes the 1895 Berlin Iron Bridge, one of five remaining in Connecticut, to cross the Housatonic River. Across the bridge the Lovers Leap Trail heads southeast 1,200 feet to the rock formation that gives the park its name. From here, tradition has it, that the Pootatuck Indian Chief Waramaugs daughter, Princess Lillinonah, and her lover plunged to their deaths. The Chief himself died in 1735. The view to the south overlooks a now submerged Goodyear Island named for an early fur trader from Derby who came there to trade with the established Indian Community. Industrial era ruins still exist near the water on the northwest section of the park. Other ruins have been located on the accompanying map.

There are no parking or entrance fees for Lovers Leap State Park.

From New Milford: From Main Street in New Milford travel south to the junction of Bridge Street (Routes 202/67). Follow Bridge Street south/east one tenth of as mile to the split of Route 67 and Route 202. From that intersection, follow Route 67 south for 200 feet and bear right onto Grove Street. Follow Grove Street south 2.3 miles, crossing the Housatonic River. The parking lot for Lovers Leap State Park will be on your left.

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Nicole Ush
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Hiking

Great views, but you will have to work for some! Its cool to check out the bridge and ruins as well.

Katie Biga
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Walking

It was an easy walk in the park. We did a short 1.2 miles. The bridge was a highlight and there was kind of a view. Overall, it was just ok

Tim Gomer
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Hiking

Nice view but trail is very easy and short. Besides the one view there is nothing else spectacular to see.

Alexis Jay
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Hiking

Nice stroll in the woods. Cute not challenging but nice scenery

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Camila Rodrigues
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Hiking

It was a short a walk, easy trail and beautiful views.

Anusha A
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Hiking

This was a fairly easy walk, went off trail a bit to explore the edge of the river. Nice views

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Jamon Clark
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MuddyOver grown

Raspberry's in full bloom inspired us to plant some a few years ago

Nicole W.
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Hiking

boring turned around half way and then went to the bridge. to many people so we left

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Thomas Musser
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Beautiful views of the river. Saw 2 bald eagles. All around good trail, easy to follow and some nice elevation gain.

Allison C.
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Hiking

beautiful views!

JD Schirota
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Hiking

Cool

Marjorie Sobylak
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Hiking

virus hikes...we took the trail over the bridge, this was the first CT trail we have been on that was not pristine. there was an incredible viewpoint that made it worth it. last week we took the blue trail and it was very nice

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M & M.
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Hiking

Nice place to quickly walk the dog. There are a few more short trails on this side of the river that I don’t see featured in many recordings.

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Ryan Fernand
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Hiking

A short hike but there’s a really nice view at the midsection.

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Matt Bracksieck
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Hiking

Nice. Steep in places.

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Phillip Simmons
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Hiking

Easy trail. Little to see once you're off the bridge. Interesting signage with related history.

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Patricia Young
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Hiking

Great for families that would like to get out hiking. Easy to navigate trails before the bridge and after bridge to the right. There is a cute little surprise in the woods that kids will love. The bridge is absolutely beautiful and there is a story within its history hence the name Lovers Leap. Be careful the cliffs are pretty steep and sometimes slippery. I will be back to explore more

Jennifer Port
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Watch out for broken glass all along the trail.

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Jennifer Port
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Jennifer Port
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HikingBugsOver grown

this Trail is easily extended. There is an upper Loop by the parking lot. And another under the road bridge.

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Sinner Hella
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Hiking

Very easy, super simple, straight forward, quicker hike / walk, to view -

Dani F
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Hiking

Great for a short hike. About an hour and a half can get you around to a few different interesting spots. Good trail for dogs.

Vasuki Popuri
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Am not sure why it's rated well, maybe the other trails might be better. We went to the lover's leap trail which didn't have any fascinating :( there is just 1 viewing point and not all that great. The water is still so lot of mosquitos around and honestly when candlewood lake is so beautiful it's just waste of time in lovers leap.

Ron Tietjen
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Not a bad hike. Maintained by users with little help from state. River views very nice.

Christina Mancusi
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Hiking

Worth it for the bridge and view from the “leap” point as well. Yes the main trail is pretty short but there are a bunch of other trails to explore in the park.

Beckie Petronchak
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Walking

A wide variety of easy trails with multiple overlooks. The steel bridge makes this place even better. Make sure to read the information plaques at the beginning as they enrich the experience and historical significance of this beautiful state park.

Ashley Pacitto
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Walking

The walk to the actual Lovers Leap is laughably short. But there are some other trails that snake around for a longer walk and there are some pretty views.

Beth M
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This is "easy" from the parking lot to the first view. I made this a 3+ mile more "moderate" hike by exploring the red and blue trails and doing both sides of the river. There must be a shooting range close by though because there were gunshots over and over and over leading me to turn around on the Red Trail because the shots kept getting closer, making me nervous. Blue Trail is much prettier a trail than the Red Trail. Beautiful views...watch your footing!

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