Lover's Leap Trail

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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.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 196 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips


bird watching






historic site

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.

12 days ago

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

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

Watch out for broken glass all along the trail.

3 months ago

over grown
4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

6 months ago

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.

Sun Sep 16 2018

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.

Thu Aug 16 2018

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

Tue Aug 07 2018

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.

Thu Jun 07 2018

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.

Tue Jun 05 2018

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.

Mon May 21 2018

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 your footing!

Sun Apr 29 2018

There's a lot more than the short hike to the rocky overview to do. Up above the main trail there is a network of blue, red and yellow trails that pass by the ruins of the estate of Catherine Judson Hurd. The blue trail leads to a great view of the river below. Back closer to the parking area there is also a nice blue trail loop that follows the shoreline before cutting back through the woods to the parking area. Iron bridge is super cool too.

Sun Apr 22 2018

Short walk and sweet views

Mon Mar 05 2018

Easy Hike and beautiful views

Thu Oct 19 2017

Short hike with easy access to beautiful views of Lake Lillinonah. You can cross the bridge and take the wide gravel path straight up to the largest cliff, but there are other awesome viewing spots farther up the mountain if you don't mind steeper trails. Lots of interesting building remains and historic sites too, for those who are into the history of the region!

Sun Sep 10 2017

Great little trail..beginning is unique by crossing over one of 4 iron bridges that still exist in Connecticut. There are also other hiking options in the park with several other trails

Tue Aug 08 2017

They are crazy rating this easy. The hill you have to climb both directions is anything but.

Sun Jul 16 2017

Blue trail offered great views however, this was a extremely easy hike- not for avid hikers.

Sat Jun 03 2017

Fri May 19 2017

Great view with easy access to the overlook.

Mon Apr 24 2017

Relatively short and easy terrain. The history behind this location is also a plus. There is a nice parking lot so you should have no problem finding a place to park. There's also one bathroom which is convenient, not the cleanest when I was there but it will suffice. While I was there we took the blue trail which had a beautiful view overlooking the water at the top. Kid and pet friendly. You can go fishing as well.

Wed Oct 19 2016

Take the Blue Trail up the Hill, you will be rewarded with a terrific view.

Mon Sep 05 2016

It has pretty views and relaxing stroll. I wasn't able to take the off trails, which made the hike very short.

Thu Jun 30 2016

Great pretty trail. I loved the views and my dog enjoyed a little swim in the lake off one of the trails. Can be a workout if you choose the right trail to follow.

Thu Jun 16 2016

This is a very cool place! Walked the blue trail which was easy but had awesome views! Saw some deer on the path which was cool. Kids will love it however very steep embankments!

Sun Jun 12 2016

Okay for beginners. Easy

Tue May 17 2016

This hike is not a hike for advanced hikers. It is meant for family's and cute dates. Nice place, but for avid hikers don't waste your time

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