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Vernon, Connecticut

Hike Valley Falls Park

9 Miles Total - Loop Trail

Originally added by Madi Parekh

There are 8.5 miles of trails for hiking, running and bird watching and they stay open in the winter for people to go snowshoeing and cross country skiing. A large lake sits in the middle of the park for fishing and swimming. A beach on the lake is located adjacent to the parking lot. The park also includes a playground and a picnic pavilion for people to bring the entire family to.

There are 8.5 miles of blazed trails in Valley Falls Park, as well as a playground, picnic pavilion, toilet facilities and a swimming beach. The park is located on town property. Portions of the park contain ruins of textile mills and a early trout hatchery and have been declared a national historic site. The park is heavily used for swimming, picnicking, hiking, x-ctry skiing, fishing, wild flower and wildlife observation and a scenic vista.

The parking lot is located off of Bolton Road on Valley Falls Road. When turning onto Valley Falls Road from Bolton Road, the parking lot for the park will be located on the first left turn.

There are many hiking trails that diverse in terrain and difficulty that are suitable for all ages. The trails landscapes consist of rural setting, streams and rivers, a lake, woodland, wetland, meadow and vista.

Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a leash at all times and cleaned up after. Bicycling, kayaking and canoeing are not permitted.

During the summer, there is a $5 charge per car for parking.

A history of valley falls park can be found here:

(Information taken from: and and pictures from google search)

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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole


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