West Rock Ridge State Park

New Haven, Connecticut

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A crescent-shaped slice of land originally called Providence Hill, this ridge has impressed visitors since the late nineteenth century, when New Haven residents would take their carriages to the top for a view of the city and Long Island Sound. Today a relatively short hike from Wintergreen Avenue around the southern tip results in a very similar panoramabut one thats been updated for the twenty-first century.
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by Ben Keene (Falcon Guides)

A crescent-shaped slice of land originally called Providence Hill, this ridge has impressed visitors since the late nineteenth century, when New Haven residents would take their carriages to the top for a view of the city and Long Island Sound. Today a relatively short hike from Wintergreen Avenue around the southern tip results in a very similar panoramabut one thats been updated for the twenty-first century.

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Activity Type: Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: New Haven
Distance: 4.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Access: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season & Limits: May through Oct
Local Contacts: West Rock Ridge State Park
Local Maps: USGS Mount Carmel and New Haven, CT. A two-color (and tricky to decipher) trail map is available at the park entrance and can be downloaded from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protections website (see below) or the West Rock Ridge Park Associations website (see Hike Information).
Driving Directions: Directions to West Rock Ridge State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

9/6/2012
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I enjoyed this trail. The trail is easy to follow and is flat for the first mile. The trail begins to climb steeply on the way up to the veiwpoint, providing some excercise for those who seek it. The view from the top is a nice reward. You can look out at Sleeping Giant, the New Haven skyline and Long Island sound. The Judge's Cave was more of a cluster of large boulders than a cave, but it's nice to have something of historical interest along the trail. Plus it seemed a good spot to do some bouldering. Unfortunately Judge's Cave and the viewpoint are accessible by car, so there is a fair amount of broken glass and grafitti.



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May 2018