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Lake Waramaug

Scenically, few bodies of water in Connecticut can rival the picturesque setting of Lake Waramaug. When the vivid fall foliage is mirrored in the un-rippled lake surface, the park amazes sightseers and photographers. Countless water activities may be enjoyed in the park.

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Lake Waramaug Country Club

A simple, friendly Country Club owned and operated by the membership for the happiness of the members, their families and their guests, in a setting that most of us feel is one of the most beautiful anywhere.
- Beach, Golf, Tennis, Club House

https://www.lakewaramaugcc.com/

Mount Bushnell State Park

Hiking opportunities aplenty along the trails at this 214-acre park near Lake Waramaug.

http://www.stateparks.com/lake_waramaug.html

Macricostas Preserve

The 238-acre parcel is also commonly known as “Meeker Swamp. The unspoiled land – a mix of meadow, farmland, wooded ridge and wetlands — sits just north of Route 202, opposite the junction of Route 47, and makes a magnificent natural gateway to the town. Contiguous to four other previously donated parcels, as well as the pinnacle overlook above Lake Waramaug, the aggregate preserve now consists of 368 acres.

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Hidden Valley Preserve

The section northeast of Washington Depot is known as Hidden Valley, a 650-acre tract characterized by densely wooded hillsides cascading into the meandering river below. This section also includes a rocky high point and small meadows, accessible by hiking trails.  The level trail lying alongside the eastern bank of the river replaces the defunct railroad bed.  A footbridge built across the Shepaug River in 1985 makes possible many pleasant loop walks.

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Steep Rock Preserve

The 974-acre Steep Rock preserve offers hiking trails which follow the river banks and provide access into the hillsides above. Near its north end, there are vestiges of carriage roads, one of which leads from Tunnel Road to the site of the Holiday House (no longer standing), a hotel built in 1893 by philanthropist Edward I. Van Ingen as a retreat for young working women from New York City.

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Kent Falls State Park

Kent Falls State Park, one of Connecticut's most popular state parks and one of New England's top places for a picnic. Here you will find two hundred and fifty feet of cascades and plunges and one of the finest, well-maintained public parks in New England.

A trip to Kent Falls is one way to view just about every different classification of waterfall. There are plunges, horsetails, punchbowls, blocks, and fans. Many of the falls are also very photogenic, especially in the afternoon when the sun makes the water glitter.

 

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The trail to the top of the falls is steep, but manageable. Although we feel that the view when you first see this waterfall is alone worth a trip, make sure to climb up the trail to see the rest of the variety this series of waterfalls has to offer. Schedule a few hours when you visit as there is also a small covered bridge, large grassy fields, and plenty of picnic tables and fire-pits at this very popular park.

Washington Club - Golf, Beach, Tennis

Our historic 9-hole golf course is one of the oldest in the country. Around since the start of the 20th century, the Golf Club merged with the Washington Club in 1914. It is located at the end of Golf Course Road, just off Wykeham Road and provides an idyllic setting for a round of golf. The golf course's pristine grounds are nestled in the Litchfield Hills and provide our members and their guests a challenging yet tranquil 9 or 18-hole round of golf from early spring to late autumn.

http://www.washingtonclub.net

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