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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Welcome to the West Rock Trails website

West Rock Ridge State Park is located in Hamden and New Haven, Conn. (with a small portion in Woodbridge and Bethany), and is the third largest state park in Connecticut with 1,688 acres.*  There are many recreational opportunities available at West Rock.

This website has pages arranged by topic. Click on the link at the right to access the page that interests you.
  • West Rock User Guide (includes boating and fishing)
  • Safety at West Rock
  • Trails Overview and Trail Map Updates
  • Regicides Trail
  • Westville Feeder and Sanford Feeder
  • Red, White, and Red-White Trails
  • Colorful East-West Trails: Green, Orange, Gold, Purple, and Yellow
  • North Summit, Old Oak, Teal, and Solar Youth Trails
  • Suggested Hikes
  • Bicycling, Cross Country Skiing, and Horseback Riding
  • Fishing and Boating
  • Rock Climbing
  • Wildflowers at West Rock
  • West Rock Driving Directions and Parking Information
  • Getting to West Rock by Bus
  • West Rock Completed Wish List
  • West Rock Wish List
  • Invasive Species and the Problems They Cause
  • West Rock Web Links

The trail descriptions are spread across so many pages to make the information easier to access.

* The largest state park by area is Mansfield Hollow State Park in Mansfield (Storrs) at 2,328 acres. Macedonia Brook State Park in Kent is a close second at 2,300 acres.  Gay City places fourth in size with 1,569 acres. Sleeping Giant is fifth in size for state parks with 1,439 acres of property. All are dwarfed by Cockaponset, a state forest with multiple properties in eastern Connecticut that has 15,642 acres.