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Best trails in New Haven

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Looking for a great trail near New Haven, Connecticut? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Wadsworth Falls State Park or Sleeping Giant State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Ragged Mountain Memorial Preserve or Hubbard Park. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in New Haven ranging from 1.4 to 6.9 miles and from 9 to 551 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in New Haven
Top trails (6)
#1 - East Rock Loop Trail
East Rock Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
#2 - Regicides Trail
West Rock Ridge State Park
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 3 h 24 m
Rugged cliff-walk with spectacular views of multiple lakes and busy highways below. Mostly a level walk along a ridgeline going south to north. You get there by going through the West Rock Ridge State Park entrance off Wintergreen Avenue in Hamden. Follow the signs up the hill to the South Overlook about 1.2 miles. There is a large parking lot at the top of the overlook with incredible views of New Haven and Long Island Sound on a clear day. The trail is clearly marked with blue blazes. The northern terminus trailhead is located right behind the South Overlook shelter. The trail is mostly easy going but there is a two (+) mile stretch, right in the middle of this seven mile trail, that includes a lot of rock hopping ankle-breaker rocks that tends to slow you down. The rest of the trail is a really enjoyable hike with plenty of shade. At the northern terminus of trail it joins the Quinnipiac Trail (blue blazed) and the clearly marked Sanford Feeder (blue-red blazed, 0.6 mile) which connects the Regicide Trail with Brooks Road in Bethany. There is road-side parking on Brooks Road at the end of the Sanford Feeder.Show more
#3 - Judges Cave
West Rock Ridge State Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 59 m
#4 - East Rock 4 Peaks
East Rock Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
#5 - Long Wharf Trail
New Haven, Connecticut
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 39 m
#6 - Westville Feeder
West Rock Ridge State Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 45 m
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, you can continue 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.Show more