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Lovers Leap State Park, New Milford

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Lovers Leap State Park is a public recreation area on the Housatonic River in the town of New Milford, Litchfield County, Connecticut. The state park's 127 acres (51 ha) straddle the Housatonic Gorge near the intersection of Connecticut Route 67 and Connecticut Route 202. The park offers hiking to scenic and historic locations and is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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  • Not a very long hike but it has great views. To add more to the hike go down the back side and walk along the lake 
    Not a very long hike but it has great views. To add more to the hike go down the back side and walk along the lake  more »
  • Great place for a hike. Absolutely beautiful views from the bridge. Hike was not to bad for a beginner. 
    Great place for a hike. Absolutely beautiful views from the bridge. Hike was not to bad for a beginner.  more »
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  • The bridge you cross from the main car park is pretty cool as you look down to the river and can see some distance along the valley. The ensuing trail is relatively easy but there is not that much to admire outside of autumn or spring time unless you're birding. It's easy to go off trail and see some other nooks and crannies. Exercise extreme caution in these cases as some surfaces can be slippery for various reasons (obscured mud, ice, moss, leaves, etc). You definitely won't want to be near cliff edges in such instances. Although we didn't walk the whole trail, the first vista was nice and impressive. Looking across the river you've just been walking alongside you see a fairly impressive cliff face too. The reason I'm keeping to 4 stars is that the castle is not impressive at all - in fact I think this needs relabelling. (I did not get to check out the other artifacts.)
  • The parking is free. A short walk leads to a large iron bridge. After crossing the bridge, proceed to the top of the trail to see the lake view. The trail to the top is all uphill, rocky, and not difficult, but you may get tired if you're not used to walking. The view is blocked by large boulders once you reach the top. It makes for incredible views and photos!

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