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.

Hiked this trail many times since my teenage years and always enjoy the view from the top at 'Black Rock' esp this time of year.
Trail is moderate and can be challenging for anyone not used to steep climbs but def manageable just take your time, using a hiking pole/stick can be helpful. Total time to top from parking area inside park is 30 minutes or less.

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2 months ago

Quiet trail. Would do again

Used the Red Trail to go up to Black Rock Overlook. I started in the park but if they are charging entrance fees there is a trailhead on Bidwell Hill Rd not far past the park entrance traveling south. If you start there you will wrap around the lake first and then head left on the blue trail once you are past the lake. The Red trail is a slight right before you begin the ascent. The trail suffered some damage from trees and water and seems to have been rerouted and new blazes have been attached to trees. The route is a steady climb with a great reward at the top. It is a bit tough to find your way around at the top since there has been storm damage at utility rerouting of the trail alignment. Just turn left when you get to the main trail and then left again at the blue blaze. Exit the the overlook using the blue blazed trail SSE. This trail is a bit steep but manageable and is a quick descent.

I really enjoyed the hike, will definitely be back. Didn't find the caves but did make it to the cliffs.

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3 months ago

Don’t go on a weekend if you don’t like seeing other people on the trail.

Great hike

Great hike to do with kids, some rock scramble, beautiful views and not too long. When the trail changes from blue markers to red they are a bit sparse (perhaps some trees that had markers on them had fallen down) so we missed a red turn and had to double back. (we took the blue trail up and the red trail down.)

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3 months ago

sweet lil trek

Great local hike — perfect for an early morning outing. Echoing what was already posted, it is a little rocky in parts, so prepare for that.

Worth the hype alone for the access to history let alone the views and the trail, itself.
Definitely park on the side of the highway. I originally parked in the state park and wandered but the best entrance is to drive and park.
Echoing the fun of climbing on the slanted stones on the ledge. Finding the cave was a moment. Wow! To see his fire pit. (I took two wrong turns off the trail and thought I found his home... maybe they were his air B&B spots) I love this climb.

white man has left a lot of trash behind.
please bring trash bags

loved the views, liked the slight difficulty,cave was awesome, felt spirit of the leatherman

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

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7 months 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.

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8 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.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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

Sunday, August 06, 2017

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

Monday, July 31, 2017

Nice distance for families, beautiful view at the top.

Monday, July 31, 2017

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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