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West Rock Ridge State Park

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Address: 1134 Wintergreen Ave, Hamden, CT 06514-4212
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+1 203-287-5658

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Grew up on "The Mountain"

As kids hiking the mountain was everyday and always an adventure, of course the imaginations ran as wild as we ran wild down the well worn paths we and others had forged... read more

Reviewed 23 February 2017
Pensacola, Florida
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Kingston, NY
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Hike up and view an interesting artifact of CT colonial past, Judge's Cave, where Dixwell, Whalley and Goffe (three of the Judge's who condemned Charles I of England) held up for a month or so in 1661 trying to elude agents of his son King Charles II before being driven out by bad weather and a grouchy local panther.

Thank Dale P
Pensacola, Florida
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117 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

As kids hiking the mountain was everyday and always an adventure, of course the imaginations ran as wild as we ran wild down the well worn paths we and others had forged. "Ringo-lario" hiding spots and climbing to "Three Judges Cave" What a life!!! Now we are older and the luxury of driving takes us down the road to the... More 

Thank Jett2000
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

Lake Wintergreen area in Hamden is fine place for a walk or kayaking on the small artificial lake. Secure during daylight hours because it is usually has a decent number of people about, not because any park ranger is present. The area most locals associate with West Rock is in New Haven where the entrance to a drive to the... More 

Thank Kurt M
West Orange, New Jersey
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352 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

About 15 minutes from I-95, there are two distinct areas to this park. First, is the scenic drive that takes you to the top of the mountain where you see nice views of New Haven. fall foliage is just hurting so what is a good time to go now. You could start at the bottom and hike your way up... More 

Thank Norjeff2
Hamden, Connecticut
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68 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

I like to walk around Lake Wintergreen as much as possible(but probably not nearly enough). The walk around is fairly easy(except for one rocky part-wear sneakers!) and will probably take you less than an hour. The views are breathtaking, and even more spectacular in the fall. I like to go here when I need to think. It reminds me to... More 

Thank Christina R
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Spectacular views from the top. I've driven to the top many times and have hiked up too. Very well worth the trip up to the top.

Thank twinskie
Hamden, Connecticut
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Much less popular than sleeping giant so there is more solitude to be had. Many great vantage points both north and south, east and west. I prefer to go in at the north end and do some exploring. Realtively easy hiking, riding, or trail running. The old road on top harkens back to an earlier time when people would take... More 

Thank BPlan71
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2016

Hike around lake Wintergreen for a level easy walk. or go up to 3 Judges Cave and out to the parking area for some great views. Most of the hiking is very easy. There is a road that is no longer open to traffic (although work vehicles sometimes do drive up) Most of it is very pleasant.

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Stratford, Connecticut
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113 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2016

This is a cool place. In addition to it being the second largest concentration of rare and endangered species of any park in the state, Peregrine Falcons are making a comeback since this seems to be a favorite roosting/breeding location, and it is an interesting historical site. During the revolutionary war, "In the 17th century, West Rock served as the... More 

Thank Gunksman
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 May 2016

Beautiful Wintergreen lake surrounded by numerous hiking trails. Overlook area has amazing views of New Haven. Very convenient location

Thank Mdbarr1972

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