Chasing Waterfalls

Location: Gay City State Park in Hebron and Blackledge Falls in Glastonbury Town Park, CT

Links: Gay City State Park CT DEEP; Trail Map PDF; Blackledge Falls; Blackeldge Falls Brochure PDF; Blackledge Falls Trail Map PDF

Date: Sunday, November 4th, 2018

Time: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Hike Duration: 6.5-7 miles; approximately 16,500 steps and 50 floors; 4 hours

Weather: Clear and sunny! 45-55 degrees F

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Blackledge Falls

This was a much needed hike after a busy start to the fall! A Sunday hike is rare for us, so we had to adjust to being on the trails with a lot more folks enjoying nature and the beautiful day.

We parked in the lot at the entrance to the park on Route 85. Then walked the park road in until we reached the start of the Red Trail.

It was a gorgeous day, the bright sun allowing the colors of the trees to stand out. We followed Red Trail until we reached the Blackledge River crossing. Standing on the bridge, we spent a few moments absorbing the warmth of the sun and the sounds of the river flowing beneath our feet.

Once we had our fill, we backtracked a bit and veered off to take one of the “No Blaze” trails out to Glastonbury Town Park and Blackledge Falls. This trail followed the Blackledge River to the dam. At the end of the trail, we had to briefly hike the road (Route 94) to enter into the town park on our search for the waterfalls.

And what a search it was! It wouldn’t be an adventure without getting a little lost, right? It wasn’t until we came to a broken fence crossing the trail and a couple trees with “No Trespassing” signs posted to them, that we realized we missed something.

How in the world did we miss a waterfall?!

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Turning around, we followed the trail back to where we found our mistake. It seems we weren’t the only ones to miss this arrow telling us to cross over a small brook. I noticed a few people who had written reviews online stating they had never found the falls. And once we left the falls, we had the opportunity to help out a few people who also seemed a little lost.

Onward to the falls!

Such a hidden treasure. I’m so glad we didn’t give up the search. We spent some time admiring the two waterfalls and then hiked a trail up the side to sit at the top and eat our lunch.

We took the “No Blaze” trail on the other side of the Blackledge River to make our way back to Gay City State Park. Then followed the Yellow to the White trails to check out Gay City Pond before making our way back to the parking area.

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Gay City Pond

 

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