Explore the most popular birding trails in West Rock Ridge State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

One of my favorite places for a fun quick easy outdoor walk. Beautiful views and the trails are always clean. Great options to up your hike by taking some other trails off the loop! Never kayaked in it but often see others enjoying the lake itself with fishing and dogs swimming!

Many trails. We completed the loop around the lake. It’s beautiful.

Trails easily marked. Just enough incline to get the heart rate up. Did have to refer to the map on my phone a few times. Didn’t realize trail was also on a road (not a busy road). Pretty views, worth the hike- will visit again.
Conditions: a little muddy, some overcast, not very buggy (10/1/18)
Time: with a dog and 1 wrong turn/back track took us 2 hours. Could easily be done in 1-1.5 without a dog and with trail familiarity.

hiking
2 months ago

Great afternoon hike. Not terribly difficult, but the initial descent is pretty steep and rocky and has a fair amount of human trash. Be ready for lots of rocks, but the views and flowers and lack of people on the trail are worth it. There are places where the markers aren't great (especially when changing blazes) but overall a well-marked hike.

This is a beautiful hike with great views on a nice day. There were mushrooms everywhere! I like to go out and see what I can find after a good rain. I will definitely be back in the fall when there aren't as many mosquitos. I would recommend going out early in the morning. I only came across 1 other person the whole length of the trip plus a couple kids on dirt bikes along the road that runs parallel to the blue blazed/Regicides trail. Overall a good steady hike with a mixture of different trees, mushrooms, deer, streams, and birds.

This is a great place for a small east hike. There is a trail that loops around the lake. You can go kayaking, fishing mountain biking and picnics there. There are also back trails for hiking. One will bring you to the top of West Rock,where you can see over New Haven. Another trail will bring you to baldwi drive which is a paved road that was closed years ago but it's still a hiking trail. Another trail will bring you to Paradise Preserve aka "The field of Dreams". please not the state cut down that big tree at the field of dreams two years ago. I hike Lake Wintergreen daily,so i know it by heart.

on West Rock Ridge Trail

trail running
4 months ago

Easy, short (1.5 hrs tops) for fast paced hikers, slow incline, light blue trail overlooks Dawson lake otherwise route is mostly below tree line / flat

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail enjoyed moderate in spots but easy overall

Amazing views. Semi challenging and perfect trail

hiking
5 months ago

very quiet, scenic and easy loop. except for a very small patch which is easy but rocky. you might have to get on ur 4s at one spot

Enjoyed this hike through woodlands. Markers were clear but not identified by which loop of the west rock (couldn’t identify 4 mile north loop from 10 mile full loop) . Beautiful wildflowers and lots of bees and dragonflies!

on Regicides Trail

hiking
6 months ago

Great afternoon hike! Took us about 2.5 hours at a good clip with a few pauses to take in the view. Pretty wildflowers. Will be back to explore more!

hiking
6 months ago

Some great views along the ridge! Trail is well marked. Go early and avoid weekends to get away from the crowds.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful day to hike with my wife and dog. Well marked trails with good views.

trail running
8 months ago

Great quiet trails!

Fun, easy, quick (1.5hr) hike through the woods; the stream and bridge were a nice place to relax and absorb the nature; great hike for families or people visiting New Haven

Great hikes for kids. Lake, lean tos, streams, a damn, and small rock formations to keep them busy. We hiked white to red-white around the lake.

walking
Monday, December 04, 2017

Nice easy walk especially if you’re bring older dogs that may fatigue quickly.

hiking
Saturday, November 25, 2017

We had a great time once we got to the trail, it was a “Perfect” day for a hike. The park is well kept.

hiking
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Beautiful setting but not very challenging

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Great hike; I wasn’t expecting the bolder scramble but did quite well.

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Just came back from hiking the regicide trail, my favorite in New Haven. Started at the Westville feeder trail. A great workout if done complete and back to where you started, about 14.2 miles according to my gps, 5hrs 45 min, with some short breaks thrown in. Saw a summer camp outing at Judges Cave. Looked like 10 to 12 year olds They hiked up there, impressed, the future hikers of tomorrow. Other than them, saw no one else the entire length

hiking
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Westville Feeder is just a quick out & back that you can easily fit into a morning or afternoon. As an add-on to this feeder trail, I recommend continuing onto the Regicides Trail which leads you up a short ways to Judges Cave where Edward Whalley and William Goffe hid out in the 1660s trying to evade retribution from Charles II whose father (King Charles I) they had sentenced to death in the 1640s.

walking
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

My absolute favorite go-to hike. Great for all skill levels with beautiful views of the lake along the loop trail.

hiking
Thursday, June 01, 2017

Did a portion of this (the red blaze mostly), to see the views from the ridge, which were quite long-range and saw a little bit of Lake Wintergreen. A very nice hike.

walking
Saturday, January 14, 2017

A nice, easy walk with different views of the lake. The lake itself is good for fishing (State DEEP stocks it every Spring) and canoeing/kayaking. No motorized boats allowed. Good for dog walking, although they must be on a leash at all times.

hiking
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Simple trail that is easy for small children and older folks. Nice views and impossible to get lost.

hiking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Amazing walk for people who aren't into heavy workouts. Nice simple trail. I followed the white streaks.

road biking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Pretty decent sunrise over southern Connecticut.

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

It's a great trail with good views. It's well marked. Give yourself a good challenge by doing the whole thing, out and back.

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