Welcome to the Scantic River State Park in Hazardville, a section of the town of Enfield, Connecticut. The north side of the river has an entrance off of Hazard Avenue. Look for the sign along the road just past and opposite of Park Street. The North side of the park has many nice trails and benches. There are some favorite fishing spots back in here as well. There are not any trails currently to tour the ruins on this side of the park.
The parking area for the south side of the river is just after the bridge at the corners of Maple Avenue and Powder Hollow Road. The rapids are well known as a local swimming hole, as well as a picnicking area.
There are some great trails on this side of the river as well. Exploring the powder works on the south side of the river is fairly easy as well and you will encounter the ruins along the trails. They are right at the base where a huge dam used to be. There were actually two dams here. The Upper Falls Dam was large, spanning the entire river. What is left of it is easily viewed. It stands nearly twenty feet high on the south side of the river. This dam was built around 1835 to run a water wheel that supplied power to the original wheel mill, and to several mills across Maple Street where the red barn is. The old power company building that you see today was built on the original mills location in the mid 20th century and was not a part of the powder works, nor was the modern day pump station next to it. The canal can still be found between the buildings along Dust House Road and the barn. The dam also supplied water for a canal that ran along Powder Hollow Road southwest of the bridge. The water supplied several holding ponds before running through mills in that area and returning to the bridge and a second dam called the Horseshoe Dam. The Horseshoe Dam routed water across the river to some mills on the northwest side of the bridge. Remnants of the horseshoe shape were visible in the rapids that flow near the bridge up until a few years ago. However, the bridge underwent a major overhaul in 2010 and what was left of the Horseshoe Dam was removed at that time and no trace of it can be found today. There are several trails on the south side of the river. Consider downloading the pdf hikers guide, or the map to enhance your hike in this area.
Directions to the South Entrance: (Note some map services list this as 93 South Maple St)
Directions to the North Entrance: