Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Wadsworth Falls SP

Date: Jan. 1, 2014
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: Wadsworth Falls SP
Town: Middlefield/Middletown
Trail Conditions: Dry and leafy
Observations/Information: I hiked all the blazed trails in the park, which were generally dry and leafy with the occasional icy spot. There were a few small blowdowns, but nothing blocking the trails. There are about 20 piles of gravel along the Purple Trail between the Yellow Trail and Laurel Grove Road. Clearly they are there so the state can fill in the low spots on this sloped, eroded trail. The gravel cannot be spread until the temperatures are above freezing, so it could be a while before that is done. The Yellow Trail continues to be a mess of invasive plants, some with sharp thorns just waiting to catch a passing biker or hiker. The picnic tables and grills were removed this summer by the big falls because the areas were being overused. I also walked the perimeter loop at the Wadsworth Mansion property. I checked the website and did not see any information indicating that biking is either permitted or prohibited. I did see one cyclist on the trail, which seems very suited for biking, as flowing singletrack. From the state park, take the Purple Trail from the main parking area to Laurel Grove Road, and head up the trail past the cement blocks. The Blue blazes on the mansion property are spotty and faded in some places and non-existent in others. The link to the mansion property map may be found here. http://www.wadsworthmansion.com/pdf/LongHillEstateTrailMap.pdf
Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold

Trail Ambassador E-mail: bikehikekayak123 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
How did you use the trail? Hiking/Walking
Trails Ridden: Purple, Blue, Red, Yellow, Orange
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 3 hours
Approximate Distance (Miles): 7 miles
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2 comments:

Glenn Vernes said...

Biking technically not allowed on the mansion property.

Mark Lurie said...

Glenn, technically I don't think hiking is considered biking.