What’s not to like about this park. Short or long hikes, beautiful overlooks, kayaking, biking, wildlife and an awesome bridge with love locks and folklore. Not to mention it’s name, Lover’s Leap.
From the Connecticut state website they share, the “ trails through the park will lead the walker through centuries of land-use history. Heading northeast from the parking lot the trail utilizes the 1895 Berlin Iron Bridge, one of five remaining in Connecticut, to cross the Housatonic River. Across the bridge the Lovers Leap Trail heads southeast 1,200 feet to the rock formation that gives the park its name. From here, tradition has it, that the Pootatuck Indian Chief Waramaug’s daughter, Princess Lillinonah, and her lover plunged to their deaths. The Chief himself died in 1735.”
The hike begins from the lot crossing this bridge. Pause a moment and you’ll see hundreds of locks on the bridge representing the unity of lovers forever locked together.
After the bridge turn right and not very far on the right is the overlook. Please note there are no barriers so be cautious.
My understanding is that there are several trails from which you can pick. I have only hiked the short overlook trail as I otherwise have opted for kayaking the river.
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