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George C Waldo State Park
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George C Waldo State Park Olde Times © Lora Warnick
George C Waldo State Park Glow © Lora Warnick
George C Waldo State Park Blues © Lora Warnick
George C Waldo State Park Lake Zoar © Gary Jordan
Mr. Waldo was Editor-in-chief of the Bridgeport Post now The Connecticut Post, The Telegram and Sunday Post. He was a well-known conservation-minded citizen, serving as the Chairman of the State Park and Forest Commission for many years,. Mr. Waldo served on the Commission from 1938 until his death in 1956.
George C Waldo State Park Park Entrance © Gary Jordan
This roadway takes you on a serene hike to Lake Zoar. No vehicles are allowed.
George C Waldo State Park Lake Zoar © Gary Jordan
The hike ends at Zoar Lake pictured here.
George C Waldo State Park Serenity © Lora Warnick
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George C Waldo State Park is a serene natural retreat spanning 150 acres. It offers hiking trails and fishing opportunities amidst dense woodlands. The park's highlight includes the tranquil Lake Lillinonah where visitors can enjoy boating or simply admire its scenic beauty. Birdwatchers will appreciate diverse species found here while others may find solace sitting on benches scattered throughout the area.

History of the Area
This 150-acre park was established in 1970. It's named after George C Waldo who donated the land. The area is primarily used for hiking and fishing activities today.

Connecticut has made state parks, forests, trails, historic sites and beaches more accessible to our residents so they can enjoy the many attractions and beauty they offer. Under the Passport to the Parks program, parking fees are now eliminated at Connecticut State Parks for those with Connecticut registered vehicles. You can view the CONNECTICUT PASSPORT TO THE PARKS web page to learn more.
Anglers can enjoy freshwater fishing in the park's lake and ponds. Common catches include largemouth bass, perch, and bluegill.

George C. Waldo State Park offers scenic picnicking spots by Lake Lillinonah with tables available on a first-come basis.
- Blue Trail: This is the longest trail in George C Waldo State Park, stretching approximately 7.1 miles round trip. It offers a moderate hike with some steep sections and rocky terrain.

- Yellow Trail: A shorter route of about 2.5 miles, this looped path provides an easy to moderately difficult trek through mixed hardwood forest areas.

- Red Circle Loop: Approximately three-quarters of a mile long, it's perfect for beginners or those looking for a quick stroll amidst nature; features include scenic views over Lake Lillinonah.

- White Square Route: At around two-thirds of a mile lengthwise, this short but challenging track takes hikers uphill towards panoramic vistas overlooking the lake below - ideal for sunrise or sunset hikes.

- Orange Triangle Pathway : Covering roughly half-a-mile distance within dense woodlands area - suitable option if you're seeking solitude during your walk at park premises.

-Purple Diamond Track : An offshoot from main blue trail that stretches nearly one-and-half-miles across undulating terrains offering glimpses into local wildlife habitats along its course while being relatively less crowded than other trails hereabouts

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- Start on I-84 W.
- Take exit 39A to merge onto CT-4 W toward Farmington/Unionville.
- Continue straight onto US Hwy 6W.

From New Haven, Connecticut:

- Begin at the junction of I91 and Route34 in downtown New Haven.
- Follow Route34 west for about three miles until you reach the intersection with Orange Avenue (Route152).
- Turn right onto Orange Ave and continue northbound for approximately two miles till Derby-Milford Road.

From Stamford, Connecticut:

- Get on I95 N from Tresser Blvd and Canal St
- Follow Merritt Pkwy and CT8N to Seymour Ave in Derby. Exit from CT8N
- Drive to Chatfield Street

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