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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.

This park is the perfect ancient New England forest seemingly in the middle of nowhere. The forest is in all ways the best New Milford has to offer for activity, scenic views, and essentially serves as an ecological museum. Featuring many impressivly wide and old trees, the trail follows the Housatonic river providing many breathtaking views, and unique photo opportunities. In addition to dense forests and a river, the trail leads to a field featuring an archery range, then to a secluded pond next to the hills. The trail also follows a bike road that looks very difficult and exciting to ride following closest to the river. Although walking this trail will not take all day, there are many different ways to spend a day here. If you haven't already visited, I suggest you make this trail your next adventure.

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

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked today. Wasn't clear where to park. Up and down but doable, recommend hiking stick to support.

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.

walking
1 month ago

Actually boring. The cave is closed so there is really nothing to see.

walking
3 months ago

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.

walking
3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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!

hiking
4 months ago

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.

walking
5 months ago

Short walk and sweet views

on Lover's Leap Trail

hiking
6 months ago

Easy Hike and beautiful views

on Candlewood Trail

hiking
9 months ago

this was def. far from good. only thing good was a little workout going up and down the hills and rocks. Some cool rock formations. other then that nothing. there was supposed to be signs for Kelly's slide and Tory's cave but didn't see them either.

on Tory's Cave Trail

hiking
9 months ago

very awesome even tho you can't go in the cave. nice to be able to see a bat cave.

hiking
11 months ago

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!

walking
Sunday, September 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

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

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

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

~2 mile loop. Starting from parking lot on Rte.37, hiked up Towner Hill and then down to loop through Irene's Woods. Both are loops of approx. 1mile. See uploaded trail map.
Caution: Connecting trail does not exist (yet?), so scrambled down the hill off-trail to connect the two parts, which was cumbersome.
Bugs are annoying, particularly in Irene's Wood as it is close to swamp land. Nothing exciting, no views.

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Nothing to write home about. Cave was closed. Found two ticks after the hike.

hiking
Friday, June 09, 2017

A very mediocre trail. Nothing special. The trail ends abruptly and leads to houses. The cave is also closed.

walking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

Great view with easy access to the overlook.

hiking
Monday, April 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.

hiking
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Blue trail up Candlewood Mountain and back. You should be sure-footed and like going over large rocks. I took the loop to Kelly slide: Very steep passages, be prepared to use your hands and hold on to vegetation. Don't go this loop in rain or if the ground and the rocks are wet! The mountain top does not have a view, but there is a fire place and rocks to sit on. Made a lot of pictures to give you an idea.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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

walking
Monday, September 05, 2016

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

hiking
Saturday, September 03, 2016

Quiet trail with some nice challenges. Upper trails go in opposite directions. No real destination that I can tell as I turned around once I was in neighborhoods. Dog off leash is a plus for me.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

great hike want to explore more of the cave

hiking
Thursday, June 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.

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