West Rock Ridge State Park, Hamden

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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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  • May 22, 2017
    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 »
  • February 22, 2017
    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 »
  • January 19, 2017
    Lake Wintergreen area in Hamden is fine place for a walk or kayaking on the small artificial lake. Secure during daylight hours because it is usually has a decent number of people about, not because a...  more »
  • March 15, 2017
    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!
  • March 21, 2017
    The parking lot expansion(s) of the past few ears have allowed a lot more people experience the serenity of a walk around Lake Wintergreen. Can't been a free walk in the woods. Just wish the fishing was as good as it was before the built the dam.
  • June 29, 2017
    Baseball field was gross..dirty and overgrown..bleecher are if that is what you call is was disgusting! new Haven park and rec should be embarrassed to have their kids play on that field. .. as a new haven tax payer I would love to know how they allow this...
  • May 31, 2017
    Love hiking here with my family and running the trails with my dog. I'm always finding new routes and trails to take
  • May 12, 2017
    Love this mountain/escarpment. My daily getaway with the pup when not in the mood for over populated Edgewood park.

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