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Nice walk along the river. Can be a bit muddy in early spring. Parking lot is very small

5 days ago

excellent hike, easy.

Some awesome views of lake.

Great for a quick, pretty hike with picnic.

Pleasant hike, not too hard, nice river and other interesting features, as well as a nice overlook.

6 days ago

Beautiful walk with my dog!

A friend and I did this hike yesterday. It was a sunny day and there was a lot of snow still on the ground. The hike was lovely and definitely a workout going up and a little hairy going down. Best to hold onto some branches and trees or avoid slippery rock faces and take the deep snow way around. All in all a great 2 to 2 1/2 hour hike. if anyone happens to go on the trail and finds a gray hat with a pompon, please contact me st 203 592 8403. I believe I lost it on the trail and would love to get it back!

This trail needs an update. It is no longer a loop, & a quick hour hike turned into a 3 hour into sunset in high 30°end-to-end. I ended up getting a ride back to trail head from a local resident, who said he'd grown up hiking there, and confirmed it's no longer a loop.

I love how it connected to the Day Pond Trail!

Nice winter hike! The trail can be a little muddy and slippery when snow covered. Beautiful waterfalls and some steep section and rewarded with amazing views.

Good for a quick weekday walk in the woods or easy hike if you are in the area. Beware of dog turds. Also, leaf blowers can be heard which kind of ruins the solitude. You know you’ve made it in America when you can pay people to use leaf blowers early in the morning on your lawn just to keep up appearances.

on Lover's Leap Trail

18 days ago

Easy Hike and beautiful views

Great day on the trail today. The waterfall was amazing. Definitely in our top 3 hikes in CT, so far!!!

Short and steep, lots of nice waterfalls and cascades, there are facilities and picnic tables around the bottom, as well as a place to swim/wade.

23 days ago

I loved this trail! To the waterfall was definitely easy, but if you take the blue trail to the right up to Birchbank Mtn Overlook it's about 4 miles round trip and definitely moderate with climbing scrabbling. Really fun!

This place is beautiful, really five star, But this is the second time here, and I have never seen a place with such a tick problem. February 26. I am wearing a coat and I found two In-bedded low near my shoulders. My friend's small dog had at least a couple dozen on him.

26 days ago

A favorite trail in SW Connecticut. Lots of climbing and descending on technical trail. Hard wood and hemlock groves. A steep brook with one significant waterfall and several minor. A great technical trail run, but keep your eyes on the trail or risk a hard fall. Roots, rocks, fun.

27 days ago

Not a difficult hike by any stretch, however the outer loop hugs the river for quite some time, making it a lovely hike for water lovers. We went when the ground was still quite thick with snow, but based on the limited elevation we didn’t struggle with ice/slipping. Will definitely do it again and perfect for those that are trying to get their kids into hiking.

1 month ago

It was well marked until you near the river. Then just bushwhack to it. There is a horse ring that seems out of place but it’s a nice way to spend an hour.

Excellent trail, very well maintained. I would say it’s on the low end of moderate difficulty. Definitely longer than 5.4 miles, think it was closer to 7.5 miles.

I live 5 minutes away and I absolutely love this place!! Many different options for a hike...trails link up with Michael Ciola Conservation Area as well. Well maintained trails..blazed really well and also numerous spots to sit and enjoy lunch. I will be back for sure!!

1 month ago

Was looking for something challenging. If you’re looking for several inclines and elevated heart rate this is great. Nice views everywhere and great spots along ledges or brookside to take a break. Not for leisure “ hikers “
Bring your best hiking boots, you’ll be glad you did.

Lovely hike, although more challenging than I expected. About 3 miles in I saw a sign saying the trail is closed November to March. Whoops! Posting that sign at the trail head would’ve been nice!

very well marked, recommend boots because it can be very muddy. Great for dogs!

1 month ago

Great hike

Pretty area. A bit of a shorter hike but nice little falls

One of my favorite hiking spots if you just wanna get outdoors. Lots of friendly dogs out there. There are a few spots that might be moderate, but overall pretty easy. Bring a simple bug net for your face in the warmer months, just in case. I’ve been swarmed real bad by gnats & mosquitoes on early a.m. hikes.

Pretty, interesting history of the land usage, river is great to see & hear.

Can't get to the trail head, all posted land.

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