We’re leaf-peepin’, maze-minding, rock-climbing, apple-picking people. There’s so much fun here in Connecticut this fall… I figured I’d better share photos before it’s over! First up – kid-friendly family hiking at Wadsworth Falls State Park.
Centrally located in Middletown, Connecticut, Wadsworth Falls is a great spot for a quick and easy family hike. This was our second trip, but our first with the kids.
The 1.6 mile hike out to the Big Falls is easy and rambling, very little incline. Along the way, you’ll go over a stone bridge, see the Giant Laurel (which must have been hit by lightning since the last time we hiked), cross a very low stream and pass by the Little Falls. We were excited to see a group of equestrians riding their horses on the trail.
I love the Little Falls the best, actually – the quiet trickling water over the gleaming black sandstone is peaceful.
And… we spotted several frogs and toads! Do you see him?
At the end of the trail, you’ll come out on the road, and then walk down a few hundred feet to the actual Big Falls. You could just drive there too, but what would be the fun.
The Big Falls is sure to impress – roaring shoots of water splashing over jutting rocks into a smooth pool at the bottom. Just lovely.
While you can’t picnic at the falls itself, there’s a big grassy field just before it where we ate our lunch.
Our fourteen-month old rode in the Kelty backpack carrier, and our little three year old kept up pretty well in his big old hiking boots. Although he got so tired on the way home, sometimes Daddy looked like this:
The best part of my day was watching my son’s delight in the many woodland wonders we saw… and seeing his little feet try to keep up with his Daddy’s. You’ll get there someday, little man. Someday.
Do you have any favorite hikes (in Connecticut or otherwise?).
FLASHBACK TIME: Here’s a photo of our oldest son on last year’s hike – he was IN the Kelty carrier! Now the baby rides there! Wow, look at that baby-face he had!