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- Short simple walk to a beautiful waterfall
- Swimming area, cooler temperatures
- Family and Fido friendly
This is about as short a walk and as little effort as you can put in for a beautiful swimming hole and waterfall. You can barely call it a hike, but I'll list it as such since you do walk through the woods for 5 minutes. The trail is extremely well built, and is pretty easily accessible through the winter.
The trail to the falls shares parking with the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary (41.404196, -73.934065) on Indian Brook Road. The parking lot is marked well. Constitution Marsh is to the right and is a lovely walk, but does not allow dogs. To the left you'll walk along the road, under the overpass, and see the trail sneak off to the right of the road. Cross over the creek, follow the trail left, and you're done!
This is a very popular spot with both locals and out of towners looking to cool off in the summer so be prepared to share the area but there's plenty of room for everyone to relax and enjoy it!
- Comfy shoes/water shoes
- Camera (you'll regret not having it)
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I found this place because a friend I follow on instagram went there last week(july 2016). When I saw their pic I was super excited about going here. Then I read the reviews on this site and was super sketched out thinking that I would be arrested or something. Well I decided to go anyway and it was amazing! It's seriously beautiful. Super easy to walk to and not very dangerous. The only thing I would recommend is swim shoes because walking into the falls the rocks underwater are rigid and slippery as expected. But I managed to make it into the falls barefoot. It's less of a hike than constitution marsh, if you've been there. Like I've been wanting to take my mom who is 63 and out of shape to constitution marsh but she would definitely have a way easier time walking to this. The only hard part is actually getting in the water, which requires balance so that you don't fall on the slippery rocks that are underwater. It was seriously an amazing experience and there are signs posted that say "no swimming" but I think that's just so the state isn't liable since they own the land. When we were leaving an entire coach bus showed up with children on a field trip who were going to the falls. It's pretty safe. The worst that could happen is you slip while trying to walk in. There's no jumping area so you don't need to worry about jumping from a high distance and being impaled. It was one of the nicest, purest waterfalls I've ever been to and I plan on going back in a few days. I recommend it to everyone and can't wait to go back. Also oh yeah right underneath the waterfall there's a rock you can sit on and let the water fall on your back and massage you. When we went some old guy randomly popped out of the woods by himself and swam to the rock and let the water fall on his shoulders for like a half hour and then asked if we wanted a turn. Definitely try out the waterfall masseuse! Have fun!!!!!
Parking was nonexistent, "No Parking" signs are posted everywhere. People parked all over, blocked the entire roadway, forcing the police to respond. Cars were ticketed and towed away. Swimming is now prohibited at the falls and the people running the Marsh were quite rude. Will not return!!!!
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