Wadsworth Big Falls

Wadsworth Big Falls • Middlefield, CT
“Coginchaug Northwards”
Wadsworth Falls (Big Falls) on the Coginchaug River
Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middlefield, Connecticut

Beneath the shade of an over-arching woodland canopy in Middlefield, Wadsworth Falls is born as the full breadth of the Coginchaug River abruptly drops some 25 feet over a precipitous shelf of jagged traprock.

The Coginchaug drains roughly 40 square miles of the surrounding landscape along its 16-mile journey northward, rising in the wetlands of Guilford and eventually emptying into the Mattabesset River in Middletown. Wadsworth Falls, oftentimes termed “Big Falls” to distinguish them from a lesser waterfall on a nearby brook, is the only major cataract along the Coginchaug’s course.