Spanning about 650 acres of land and stretching several parts of towns of Washington and Warren in Litchfield County, Connecticut, Lake Waramaug is a picturesque holiday destination for people who love camping, boating, lake fishing, picnicking, and swimming. Located about 24 miles north of Danbury, the lake can compete to other bodies of water surrounding Connecticut. Named after the Native American Chief of the Wyantenock tribe, Chief Waramaug who used to inhabit the surrounding area of the lake, the place is fast becoming a quick vacation hideaway for people who want to be with nature. Here are some of the spots you may not want to miss when visiting Lake Waramaug.
Lake Waramaug State Park
Tourists usually go to Lake Waramaug State Park as their first holiday destination. Connecticut bought the land surrounding the lake in 1920 and transformed it into their official state park for their locals. Now, this public recreation area stretches about 95 acres of pure fun. Both locals and tourists come here to enjoy its very beautiful scenery and great campgrounds. The park also offers great fishing spots, water activities, and camping.
Hidden Valley Preserve
For a bit of adventure, try hiking at Hidden Valley Preserve. Known to have an easy hike for beginners on a short loop, this park has suspension cable and a trail lined with luscious greenery. The Thoreau Bridge is a destination itself with stunning views; you can either hop on a bike or go on foot to fully emerge yourself in the beauty of nature.
Kent Falls State Park
If you are visiting during the spring season then head straight to Kent Falls State Park. Spring is the best time to see the 250 feet graceful waterfalls cascading gently down a beautiful trail. The place is excellent for hiking and for a quick picnic with your family. Locals consider Kent Falls State Park as their hidden gem and you can only marvel at it during springtime. You may want to bring some fishing equipment as it’s a perfect place to reel in trout.
Aside from awesome state parks, Lake Waramaug has a bit of history worth visiting. The Wethersfield House was the country estate of Chauncey Devereux Stillman, the grandson of James Stillman president of what became the Citigroup bank. Sitting on 1,200 acres of land in the Northeast Dutchess County, you can visit their Wethersfield Main House, Gardens, Carriage House, and Farm. Its location, which is the highest point in the area, provides perfect panoramic views of Berkshires to the north and Catskills to the west.
Nothing beats ending your tour in scenic hills of Litchfield County overlooking Lake Waramaug while sipping a glass of wine. And the best place to do is at Hopkins Vineyard. For centuries Hopkins Vineyard produces award-winning wines on their Connecticut farm. They even held events varying from barrel tastings to wine bottle painting parties. Visiting them would be the perfect ending to your Lake Waramaug holiday vacation.