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Wadsworth Falls State Park is named after Colonel. Clarence C. Wadsworth, who was an academic, conservationist, naturalist, and a prominent community leader. During his life, he amassed a few thousand acres of land, and upon his death in 1941, his estate was instructed to donate a portion of it to the city. Connecticut later purchased another 130 acres and combined it with Wadsworth Falls State Park, making a total of 400 acres.
The closest large town is Middletown, which is one of the first towns in Connecticut to be settled; records show that it was officially established as a town under its original Native American name, Mattabeseck, in 1650. Today, it’s best-known for the distinguished college, Wesleyan University. Middletown is about three miles northeast of the park. Book an RV in Middlesex County, CT, and prepare to embark on a memorable RV camping vacation.
Although Wadsworth Falls State Park is a small one with only 397 acres, there’s plenty of fun to be had. Photograph one of the two - or both - waterfalls. The Big Falls, fed by Coginchaug River, is nearly as wide as it is tall. It tumbles over several tiers of granite rock ledges for over 52 feet into a picturesque, tree-lined gorge. Little Falls is slightly less impressive, with only about 40-foot drop, but the tall hemlock and hardwoods that tower over the site make for a picturesque location. A few miles of trails wind and weave through the dense woods. Walking through them, it’s hard to believe that civilization is just a mile or so away. The sounds of automobiles and machinery fade to a distant whisper. Birdsong and wind in the leaves dominate.
If the trails are too short, there are many other state forests and state parks in the area with several miles of trails. Mattabesett Trail is a good way to explore them all. It weaves and meanders for over 60 miles, connecting the parks like pearls on a string. The trail starts in Guilford, CT, and ends in Berlin, CT. Patient hikers are rewarded with views of interesting bogs, vernal pools, high, craggy cliffs, and hilltops with panoramic views of the wooded landscape. For even more hiking fun, Mattabesett Trail connects with New England National Scenic Trail, which drifts westward for another 215 miles to Long Island Sound in New York.
Connecticut’s second-largest park, Cockaponset State Forest, sprawls over 17,000 acres. Within this park is a unique swamp called Chester Cedar Swamp, which is one of the oldest intact cedar forests in the United States. This cedar grove has been declared a National Natural Landmark. There are over 20 miles of multi-use trails that are maintained by the state and about 60 or 70 more miles of unofficial trails (established by previous generations of hikers). A particular rockface called the Pine Ledge is popular with the local rock climbers because it can be used for top-roping.
In an ideal world, RV camping at Wadsworth Falls State Park would be possible. There’s nothing better than listening to the sounds of a gurgling waterfall while drifting off to sleep. Unfortunately, the park is too small to support a campground. However, there are several options within 30 miles. Little City Campground in Haddam is a small, family-run business with 50 sites for RVs. They boast bathrooms, a pool, and a dump station. The WiFi signal is good throughout the campground.
Alternatively, RV camping near East Hampton, CT, could be a good option. There are a few campgrounds in the area. Nelson’s Family Campground has been in the business since 1964. The RV sites are spread out over 175 acres, and it’s hard ever to feel crowded. They offer amenities like full or partial hookups, an on-site laundromat, security gates, and a rec room.
Between the charming towns with plenty of activities and fun and rustic outdoor adventures, it’ll be hard to be bored. Hop into an Airstream rental and explore the small towns that dot the woods of Connecticut and the various sights. Surrounding Middlefield is a patchwork of small farms and orchards. Lyman Orchards has over 100 different fruit bushes, trees, and patches for visitors to collect. Between April and November, there’s almost always something for visitors. Grocery store fruits cannot compare to delicious, sun-ripened fruits just picked off the vine.
Hartford is chocked full of history and interesting spots to tour. Among the top sights is Mark Twain House and Museum, which was Twain’s childhood home. The restored home is open to tours, and visitors can see his bedroom, where he lived and ate, and even where he wrote some of his unforgettable novels like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
At the end of a long day of sightseeing and adventure, retreat into the comforts of a rental motorhome in Connecticut's deep woods.