Please remember that vernal pool creatures and their eggs are extremely fragile and if handled at all, need to be treated very carefully!
This vernal pool is one of the most accessible in Middletown. On a sunny days in mid-spring through early summer, the wood frogs quack like crazy!
Park in the lot on the west side of the Wadsworth Mansion at 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown and follow the trail east of the main entrance to the Mansion labeled Middle Lane approx. 50 ft. to the pond.
For more info about all of the trails at the Mansion, click here.
Wadsworth Falls State Park
A vernal pool hidden in heavily-used Wadsworth Falls State Park.
Main Parking lot: 721 Wadsworth St, Middletown, CT
Falls Parking lot: 35 Cherry Hill Rd, Rockfall, CT
Starting at either park entrance, follow the orange trail to the red trail. The vernal pool is on the red trail and is marked on the map to the right.
For the full map of the park, click here.
Highlawn Forest Trails
In addition to beautiful, level trails, this preserve has two vernal pools located within 0.2 miles of the parking lot. This means, if you are bringing any kind of equipment with you (nets, viewing scopes, buckets...) this is the place for you!