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West Rock Ridge State Park

Take in the views of New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound from the top of West Rock.

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Take in the views of New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound from the top of West Rock. This is a 1,700 acre park with 23 miles of trails, including the Blue-Blazed Regicides Trail along the length of the trap rock ridge. Mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing permitted on some trails. Fishing and car-top boating (canoes, kayaks and boats with electric motors) at Lake Wintergreen. Two English judges who fled a royal death sentence are honored at their hiding place high above New Haven in Judges Cave, which is located at the summit of the park. Panoramic views from the South Overlook of south central Connecticut, including Sleeping Giant State Park, East Rock Park, New Haven and the harbor and Long Island Sound.

Barnard Nature Center is the newest building in the New Haven Parks System. The Nature Center features a state-of-the-art classroom, green roof and park ranger office. The building also houses numerous amphibians and reptiles for educational programs. The Center has a partnership with the Barnard Environmental Magnet School. The nature center allows access from the school to the park using a walking bridge that goes over one of the busiest roads in New Haven. This allows students access to play fields and ability to study the unique ecosystem that is the West River Watershed.

On June 4, 2003 the West Rock Nature Center was listed on the State Register of Historic Places by The Connecticut Historical Commission.

Other amenities: Picnicking

Pricing: Free

Other Amenities: Boating, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Horse Trails, Mountain Bike Trails

Dates of Operation: The road to the summit is open from Memorial Day to last weekend in October.



29 Main St.
Hamden, CT 06518


Daily, 8 a.m.–sunset.

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