Explore the most popular hiking 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.

trail running
6 days 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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
4 months ago

Beautiful setting but not very challenging

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

hiking
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

I hike this area all the time, I love it. You can give yourself a good challenge by going up and over back over again and back over again and back over again heck why not do it another time. It's good for every season.

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

Excellent for an easy hike. Beautiful layout, great sights, close to home and close to school for me. A little rocky in some places, but I don't mind it. Always going to go back no matter what.

hiking
Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Cool hike to Scenic Vista by the Upper Pavilion for the Sky's the Limit Challenge. Hiked up a road and along a cool ridge trail. Views were very cool. Even hit up a few geocaches along the way. Went late fall and had the place to ourselves.

walking
Sunday, February 28, 2016

Easy trail like a walk through the woods. Delightful. Easy for little kids. Tall trees, meadows. Bizarre little old junkyard in one section. Very relaxing

trail running
Sunday, January 17, 2016

Ran this trail and made it into a loop by connecting with the red trail in West Rock State Park. The views are pretty spectacular for southern CT. Unfortunately, like many other beautiful locations with easy car access, there is a a fair amount of grafitti and broken glass near the south end. The trails are very well marked. A bit rocky.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Took the blue trail. It has nice views and is very well marked. We only came across couple of folks. Not busy at all.

hiking
Monday, August 10, 2015

Had a great time here. Great views of New Haven and some pretty cool local history from the Revolutionary war time period. Excellent downhill mountain bike ride!

hiking
Sunday, July 19, 2015

I really loved this trail!

hiking
Monday, July 06, 2015

Really nice views of the city. Went out with my husband and our dog for 4th of July.

hiking
Friday, June 05, 2015

Great Hike, did the loop, 13 miles, moderate but beautiful.

hiking
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Highly recommend this hike. I did two days ago 3/29/2015 with snow on the ground. We started at the base of west rock, hiked the regicides and connected with the Quinnipiac trail. The last stint was sleeping giants blue trail to red trail. all in all 14 miles and so much to see. worth every step. call me if you have any questions 860-984-9651. my name is Tyler

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

I love this place. Rode here with my wife on 11/30/14. It was my third time here, and her first. The trails are great for new riders, with some hike a bike sections to mix it up. I will be back again for sure.

mountain biking
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

This is a great place to do some mountain biking or hiking. I would rate this a beginner trail for biking as there is not a lot of technical riding or jumps in the trail around the lake. Lots of fun and very relaxing.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I go hiking here with my friend and our dogs almost every weekend. The lake is beautiful all year round.

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