This state park, like its sister East Rock Park , offers a spectacular overview of the city of New Haven and its environs. ... More
West Rock Ridge State Park
This state park, like its sister East Rock Park , offers a spectacular overview of the city of New Haven and its environs. The park is the creation of a more tumultuous time, a ridge of basalt rock forced skyward by volcanic action about 200 million years ago. The 1,500-acre park is located at the apex, where visitors can enjoy miles of hiking trails, picnic areas and a fishing pond. The infamous Judges Cave is located here, where, in 1660, Edward Whalley, John Dixwell and William Goffe eluded capture by royal bounty hunters. The three men had been among the signers of the death warrant against England's King Charles. Opens daily at 8am.
1943 - During war time, my sister and I would walk to the foot of West Rock to get wood for the coal furnace. We didn�t have any brothers so it was our chore.
I continued walking my dog, Boy up on my mountain, that�s what I called it. I walked every day until I was 18. It was wonderful. I have such beautiful memories climbing up to 3 judges cave. I had my own path. All the different animals, birds, and ledges to sit on. Memories of walking in the brook at the foot of
West Rock by Valley Street in Westville. I walked in the water, on the rocks when the brook was frozen, and fell in it, and sat in it in the summer and loved it. West Rock was my solitude,my private world.
I was always fascinated with West Rock. And
at 62yrs I'm just as fascinated. It was wonderful to reach the summit. The cave
always scared me a bit. It was a great place
to park!!! Oh! and 3 Judges Restaurant was
the place to go and eat after. Best fried
onion rings. I moved to Virginia in 1962 but
when I visit CT West Rock is always a stop or
at least a ride by.
Well, I wouldn't really recommend going at night. Its against the law, and the Police will chase you out.
But if your like me, and you don't care, its a great place to go.
Take the left Path, and it takes you to a great view, a nice hike, and a pleasent place to have a picnic. Take the right path, and it will lead to a 8 mile long "Road", the term being used lightly since after about 3 or 4 miles, the road turns to gravel.
Then, there is also the lake half, which has some beautiful paths through the woods and a man made waterfall.
This beautiful place gives you everything you could want in outdoor recreation even more than it's eastern counterpart, just ashamed the roads to it's most scenic areas aren't readily available to vehicles, that's why I bring my mountain bike. Nice Trails, Great Views.
This place is one of the best places in Connecticut. There is no staff to keep the driving section open before memorial day which is a downer; but there is more mountain biking, hiking, scenic spots, and wildlife than you can imagine! Every time I hike or bike the park, I see vast ammounts of deer, turkey, rabbits, and birds of prey.
The park has a potential length of 6 or so miles! Biking along the top ridge trail is great and you will experience the vast length of this paradise. There are some quads and dirtbikes in the park but they are always respectful and nice. Have fun!
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