Tucked into the scenic rolling hills of the Western Highlands, 439-acre Black Rock offers a variety of outdoor activities. Steep, wooded ledges covered with pine, hemlock and oak provide the setting for Black Rock Pond.

really beautiful hike that isn’t too difficult but still a good workout. you’re above the tree line for a lot of it and there’s a good bit of scrambling which is always fun. go down the mattatuck (probably misspelled that) trail after you reach the top to get to the caves

26 days ago

Views this time of years are a little bit obscured by the thick foliage but it was a good 2 hour, 2.5 mile workout. Close to home in Watertown - we really enjoyed it. On to the next trail on the list. Make the trip you’ll enjoy it

Beautiful hike, great for most levels. Our 6 & 8 year olds loved it and enjoyed the view. Best parking is on Bidwell Hill Road.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail! It gets steep at points, but the view is absolutely worth it! The trail shown on the app is actually part of the blue trail that intersects with the red trail to finish off the loop. I went in April, so parts of the trail were really muddy on the way down, but it was still a great trail that was labeled decently!

I grew up in Watertown and heard about this trail growing up, but never took the time to hike it. It’s a little rocky in about 15% of the trail, but the great view at the top and the amazing rock formations that create the natural cave make it all worth while. I just got out of the hospital after having a 3rd stent put in my heart. Spending time at the top reflecting how grateful I am and we all should be living in this country, with places like this in our backyard, is something everyone should do more often.
Here is a link that tells the story of the leather man that lived in this cave in the mid 1800’s.

Very cool trail with some nice views along the way. Parking is limited if you park on Route 6. Definitely want to go again

Great hike with the wife, son and dog. It was January so the trail had some pretty icy spots. Five star family hike any other season.

A little bit of a difficult hike but totally worth it!

this trail does not have the view most people are posting, but a good one nonetheless!

fun trail nice views . easy for adult moderate for kids under 13

Nice distance for families, beautiful view at the top.

Super cool destination and a fun route up. Kids especially like all the flat rock faces they can scamper on.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Great hike if you are looking for something to get the blood pumping. Parked in the Bidwell hill parking lot of Black rock park and took the trail all the way around for a great 5 mile workout.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Great trails and beautiful views!!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Awesome, challenging trail with a beautiful view at the top and pretty scenery throughout.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Nice veiw cool cave to hangout on below

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Nice moderate hike good views

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Pretty decent incline to get to the caves. Lots of sign of wildcats. Bring a flashlight when u go to look into the nooks and holes.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Was a nice hike overall, but didn't find the caves.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Good hike. About an hour.

Monday, November 07, 2016

I noticed other reviewers saying that they couldn't find the cave. When you are at the top, it's beneath you. Keep to the right, when the trail forks, go left. There should be a sign.

Thursday, November 03, 2016


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

More than moderate. Climbing up rocks continuously was tough.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Went to this trail this afternoon nice hike, but a little bit confusing to find. We went off of the loop path for about a half of a mile, but found our way back. Once on the path it was nice, some steep inclines but not all that challenging. We realized on the way back how to get on the loop trail. When you enter the park to the left of the first parking lot there is a sign with people hiking on it, you go past the sign and follow it down past a little pond. Then you will see a big bridge on the left and a smaller bridge straight in font of you, you go over the smaller bridge and there is a fork in the path, you bare to the right and go up the path and you will come to a second fork in the path ( one blue path one red) both are the loop you can pick what side you you want to start with.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I forgot to add. The total loop of the hike that we did was 3.85 miles.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Moderate trail. We started at Blackrock State Park and headed towards Leathermans cave by crossing Bidwell Hill Rd. We took the blue trail around and over the top of the caves and then down around the entrance to the cave, eventually picking up the yellow blue trail. There were some rocks that were climbed and caves to crawl through. My friend had her 25 lb toddler in a backpack and was able to do the hike without too many issues.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Definitely a moderate hike. A few challenging rock climbs that had us crab crawling up. Overall, beautiful scenery and cave is definitely a plus. I did some reading up on "The Leatherman" before going. It brought some historical perspective to the journey which I found interesting.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Good trail, some parts were slippery

Saturday, July 23, 2016

This hike was good! be warned that we had to pay for parking and they only take cash. if it hadn't been for the park attendant giving us directions to the trail, I'm not sure I would have known where to go. The trail had a few steep sections, but wasn't challenging if you didn't rush it. A section of the red trail on the way out was a bit sketchy, with downed trees and overgrowth. I thought we'd taking a wrong turn! View at the top was pretty!

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