West Rock Ridge State Park, Hamden

#21 of 29 in Nature in Connecticut
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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  • West Rock is a beautiful park to hike in and enjoy the solidarity of nature. It is close to SCSU and frequented by locals.  more »
  • Hike up and view an interesting artifact of CT colonial past, Judge's Cave, where Dixwell, Whalley and Goffe (three of the Judge's who condemned Charles I of England) held up for a month or so in 1661...  more »
  • As kids hiking the mountain was everyday and always an adventure, of course the imaginations ran as wild as we ran wild down the well worn paths we and others had forged. "Ringo-lario" hiding spots an...  more »
  • Love this place. A lot of hiking trails. you can ride your bike of the old road from the area gone by. I can't find much about this place but there is a "guard post" but it also looks like outhouse. That is ruffly mid point of the road that is on the the top of the ridge. I did talk to some old guy living in the area and he barely remembers the top road being open.
  • Amazing view, and a great potential picnic spot! Would highly recommend visiting to walk around or just drive to the top! Be aware that the road up closes at 6:00 pm though.
  • Wonderful and tranquil place. Love going on walks here! Everyone is courteous to each other. Great for fishing, reading, walking or taking the dogs out for a nice walk about!☺
  • It's a beautiful park and well kept. There are baseball fields for all type of sports. And it's a historic mountain caused by a glacier many years ago.
  • I love how close this is to the city! It's great to have a nice hike so close to my apartment. Being able to plunk myself into the middle of the woods after a long week of school work and classes is a blessing. Try to go on a weekday during the school year! I went on a Wednesday when my lab was cancelled and I was nearly the only one in the park. It was surreal!

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