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West Rock Ridge State Park, Hamden
(4.4/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web)
West Rock Ridge State Park is a state park located in New Haven, Hamden, and Woodbridge, Connecticut. It is named for the 400to trap rock West Rock Ridge, which is part of the Metacomet Ridge extending from Long Island Sound to the Vermont border. The ridge consists largely of diabase, much like its sister formation East Rock. The park offers recreational trails, car-top boating, and 7mi of open west-facing cliffs with vistas encompassing Metropolitan New Haven and suburban towns to the west. The park includes Judges Cave, a colonial era historic site; Lake Wintergreen; and the 7mi Regicides Trail, part of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association's Blue Trail system. West Rock Ridge State Park is part of a larger area of protected open space including state, municipal, and non-profit owned land.GeographySee also: West Rock Ridge West Rock Ridge runs north-northwest out of New Haven and forms the boundary between the towns of Woodbridge and Hamden. It is bordered by Konolds Pond, Lake Dawson, and Lake Watrous on its western flank and by Lake Wintergreen on its eastern flank and is 6mi long. The South Overlook, located at the southern end of the park, offers views to the west, south and east, including Sleeping Giant State Park, East Rock Park topped by the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the city of New Haven, including the harbor, Long Island Sound, and Long Island.
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  • About 15 minutes from I-95, there are two distinct areas to this park. First, is the scenic drive that takes you to the top of the mountain where you see nice views of New Haven. fall foliage is just ...  more »
  • I like to walk around Lake Wintergreen as much as possible(but probably not nearly enough). The walk around is fairly easy(except for one rocky part-wear sneakers!) and will probably take you less tha...  more »
  • Spectacular views from the top. I've driven to the top many times and have hiked up too. Very well worth the trip up to the top. 
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  • This is a much bigger park than most people know. Besides extending about 2.5 miles along West Rock Ridge it connects up to a section of the blue trail, Connecticut's oldest trail. This section can take you about another 11 miles and includes lots of climbing up & down, nothing too taxing though and even a small waterfall. An unknown gem.
  • If you're in town to go see East Rock, you definitely want to check out West Rock too. Not only is the park a whole lot bigger, the trails are a lot more rugged (in a good way) and provide a beautiful view of the surrounding areas (take the red trail to the summit to really appreciate the park).
  • My favorite place for trails. Well maintained and blazed. Lots of variety: rock scrambles to fairly level. From the south summit great views of New Haven and LIS to the south and Sleeping Giant to the north. Great variety of plants throughout. A hidden gem on the edge of New Haven. Park at Lake Wintergreen for the best access.
  • Beautiful park, and definitely worth the extra hike to get here. Less traveled and more peaceful than East Rock with a more expansive view. Try to get here early for the sunrise.
  • I'm on my way there. First time in 40 years. As excited as if I am going to the Grand Canyon.