New England is full of open spaces and beautiful nature, and in our opinion, Connecticut has some of the best nature to offer in the region. Blackledge Falls in Glastonbury is one of our favorite places to go when we’re looking to hike with a gorgeous natural backdrop. This 80-acre parcel of mostly wooded land is located in East Glastonbury at the town line with Hebron. Our Connecticut adoption professionals love taking family trips here, as staying active in the outdoors is a great way to grow closer together. Some highlights of Blackledge Falls include:
Hiking & Biking
Hiking in Blackledge Falls is very family-friendly and a relatively low-energy hike. The elevation only increases slightly, so hikers of most ages and fitness levels should be able to complete the trail with no problems. The entire loop trail runs for about 1.5 miles and has some steep hills and crossings over water.
If you’re more of a mountain biker, then you can also take your bike on a ride along the same trail.
If you’re looking for a longer, more strenuous hike, there are trails connecting Blackledge Falls park to the nearby 1500-acre Gay City State Park in Manchester.
Regardless of which time of year you visit Blackledge Falls, there is always some beautiful nature to behold. However, fall is probably the most picturesque time of year to visit, as the leaves begin to change into bold and beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows.
The 25-foot waterfalls are obviously the main attraction of the park. If you want to see the water flowing at its strongest, spring would be the best time to visit.
Winter can also be a good time to visit if you don’t mind braving the cold. The water freezes into overhanging icicles and makes for some magical photo opportunities, especially after a fresh snowfall.
What Should We Bring?
Although Blackledge Falls offers a relatively easy hike, it’s still important to make sure your family is prepared. Make sure to pack the following during your visit there:
- Bug spray
- Plenty of food, snacks, and water
- Your cell phone
- A camera
- A trail map
- Wear hiking shoes and/or water shoes
It should go without saying, but try to make sure you leave no trace after your visit to the waterfall. It’s unfortunately common to spot trash left behind by previous visitors. Maybe even consider throwing trash from others away if you spot it so that this Connecticut natural treasure stays beautiful.