New Milford, CT, Attractions

New Milford, CT, Attractions
Located in western Connecticut on the shore of Lake Candlewood, New Milford is the largest geographical town in the state. There are a dozen attractions registered with the National Registry of Historic Sites, including Lovers Leap Bridge in Lovers Leap State Park Scenic Reserve. Plenty of outdoor activities await the adventurous soul in New Milford.

Lovers Leap State Park

Full of trails, picnic areas, and scenic vistas, Lovers Leap State Park straddles Lake Lillinonah, aka the Housatonic River. Follow Lovers Leap Trail to the famous Historic Iron Bridge.

Legend has it that Lovers Leap gets its name from a white trader who jumped to his death from the cliffs above the Great Falls in a failed attempt to rescue his Native American sweetheart, who, thinking he had deserted her, drifted off in a canoe over the falls.

The park closes at sunset, making this an ideal spot for a day hike or bird watching, but not for overnight camping.

Candlewood Lake

At 16 miles long and 3.2 miles wide and surrounded by mountains, the largest lake in Connecticut is a man-made body of water. Here, you can enjoy boating, diving and fishing. Bluefish, black sea bass, striped bass and summer and winter flounders are just a few of the types of fish you can catch there.

For divers, nearby Brookfield, Connecticut, offers two diving shops, Pan Aqua Diving and The Dive Shop. Go sailing with the Candlewood Yacht Club, with an office in nearby New Fairfield. Or just hop in and go for a swim.

Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center

This "bird-watcher's paradise" is home to over 315 species of birds. Opened in 1995 on 8.4 acres of barrier beach, it provides games, educational activities, a tide pool and adult lecture series, all designed to educate and promote the ecology of Long Island Sound. There are guided bird and nature walks and a 70-foot observation tower. The Coastal Center is open year-round and admission is by donation.

Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center
1 Milford Point Road
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 878-7440

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