What to do in West Rock Ridge State Park

*This information was provided by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection*

Rising up to 627 feet above mean sea level, West Rock Ridge is one of the most prominent features of the New Haven region. West Rock affords the visitor a spectacular view; it is estimated that one can see approximately 200 square miles from various locations on the ridge with excellent views of New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound.

West Rock Ridge offers no parking or bathroom facilities and is only widely accessible by foot-trail.

Recreation
They have opportunities for car-top style boating, mountain biking, fishing, scenic vistas outlooks, and also hiking.

Location
Off the Merritt Parkway (Route 15): take Exit 60. Turn right off the exit ramp onto Dixwell Avenue/Route 10 South. Take a right at the next light onto Benham Street. Follow Benham Street to the end. Turn left onto Main Street. At a sharp left, turn right into the parking lot for the Lake Wintergreen area.

For main entrance: continue down Main Street to the end. Take a right onto Wintergreen Avenue. Go under the parkway. The main park entrance will be on the right. If the gate is closed (see "Hours" information), park at West Rock Nature Center across the street.

Climate
The climate of this state involves a moderate amount of humidity, heat and cold. Summer highs reach 90 degrees F with low temperatures near 65 degrees. Evenings near the water can become cool and light jackets and sweaters are recommended. Winter temperatures average in the mid thirties during the day and in the teens at night. Rarely do temperatures dip to zero, especially in the southern portion of the state, where the water influences the more temperate weather.

Address
200 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518

Phone: 203-789-7498

Email: dep.stateparks@po.state.ct.us
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