Leatherman Cave Trail is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Watertown, Connecticut that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.2 miElevation gain620 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingCaveForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeMuddySnowFee
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Black Rock State Park charges an entrance fee for out of state registered vehicles. Fees are $15 on weekends/holidays and $10 on weekdays. Once at the overlook, find the sign for Jericho Trail. When you are facing the sign, turn left and that will bring you to the cave.

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M Lawlor
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Great climb. Some steep points with 200ish dropoff.

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Jacki Alessio
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Happy Easter

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Cary Kriticos
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Finally made it to the cave! Judging by the family gripes, this was a tougher hike than the ones we typically do, but IMO it was worth it because of the cave.

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Allicia Breton
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Ryan Walker
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Cary Kriticos
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Lydia Avrett
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This was a really fun trail. Loved the incline and rock scrambles, as well as the little brooks and board “bridges” to get across the water. It should be noted that this is 2.2 miles EACH WAY and not 2.2 miles out and back. I was expecting a short, easy hike and was very surprised (happily so) that it was a bit of an unexpected butt kicker. My dog loved it, but I suspect my kids would have struggled given the length. We didn’t find the cave on the way up but were able to climb down to it after lunch at the summit— it is beautiful! So fun to climb around in and do some easy bouldering problems. Definitely looking forward to hiking this trail again.

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Jef Com
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Britnee Mynahan-Romajas
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Jess Fi
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Edi Silva
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HikingGreat!Icy

Awesome hiking, the cave was amazing, some challenging areas with snow, but we had a great time, my dog loves.

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Linda Williams
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Terrific hike. We began from the center of Black Rock State Park bu the office to tack on some distance. The view was great but the cave was amazing. Much cooler than anticipated. Micro-spikes are a good idea for the rock scramble and a few other icy areas. We had the trail all to ourselves except for a group of three that showed up at at the cave as we were leaving - maybe the cold (high teens) dissuaded others? Definitely going to be back when the mountain laurel is in bloom.

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Randy Reilly
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David Prussin
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Solid trail, some rock scrambles in the middle which weren't too hard but really fun. View from the top was amazing on this cold but super sunny day. I took a wrong turn on the way back down but it worked out for the best because not only did I get to see more of the woods but I also skipped the entire section of rock scrambles going down. Would recommend and I will also be coming back because I wasn't able to find the cave.

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John Hayner
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Michelle Maldonado
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Kimberly Beth
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Great well marked trail. Steep inclines and lots of rocks. Some good views when you get to the top. Keep following blue trail until you see a sign for Jericho trail. Take a left there and the cave is not far on your left (thx to the person who put that in their review). It was quite the workout - totally loved it

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David Lahey
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I parked on Bidwell Hill Rd to more quickly access the Mattatuck trail (aka the Leatherman Cave trail). There's a respectable incline right from the start and trail is fairly rocky most of the way. Lots of nice green vegetation and some muddy sections even for January. There's a few viewpoints with steep drop offs before you arrive at Crane's lookout (the cave is just below it). Hike time there is just under an hour. Trail is well marked with blue blazes. If you decide to continue on to the Jericho trail a bit, the elevation drops and you'll soon come to a nice stream with some mini waterfalls.

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Jodi Kmiec
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Stew trail. What a workout. Noped it out of there the second I saw there was a cross for someone who has passed. Super creepy vibe when you’re alone.

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Aggie Scielzo
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Tim Gavallas
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Kayla David
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K MP
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Steep! But really cool views in the cave

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Liz Britney
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this is a great hike! the terrain is rocky, steep, and fun to navigate, with an awesome view and cool caves to explore as a reward.

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