Lover's Leap State Park
Lover's Leap was recognized as a state park in 2002, with Catherine Hurd giving the initial 52 acres of the land that comprises the park. The site and its remains of waterpower, railroad, worker residential and factory structures is now eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, having been listed on the State Register of Historic Places in May of 2003. the park is a key link in the Housatonic River Belt Greenway from the river's source in the Berkshires extending to Long Island Sound- a recreational and open space buffer connecting various walking paths, natural spaces, parks, community centers and river access points along the river. New Milford is already home to a five-mile stretch of dedicated Greenway along River Road from Gaylordsville south. The park is also home to the fabled Lake Lillinonah section of the Housatonic River, where, legend has it, the daughter of a local Indian leader married an Englishman who left her, promising to return. According to the legend, the bride drove her canoe over the falls in despair because of her husband's absence, just as he was returning. Although he jumped into the river in an attempt to save her, both drowned.
There is an old railroad bridge between the Still and Housatonic Rivers that is an excellent place to fish.
Trails through the park will lead the hiker 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.
Trails through the park will lead the hiker 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 park is open from 8 am to sunset.
The purpose of the "Friends of Lover's Leap State Park" shall be: to help preserve, maintain, improve and enhance Lover's Leap State Park for the benefit of the general public; to solicit and raise funds; to educate the public about the resources; needs and value of the park.(203) 797-4165
Saw Mill River north to its end at US 684 north; drive 11 miles to an exit at exit 9E for US 84; US 84 east to exit 7 for Route 7 north; turn right onto Still River Drive; drive 1.3 miles straight heading onto Lower Grove Street to a right turn onto Hine Hill Road; right turn onto Town Farm Road; right onto Lovers Leap Road to a parking area on the right by a gate.