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Steep Rock Reservation

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Steep Rock Reservation hike to Tunnel

Nice flat trail with climbing options for views. Huge icicles and ice stalactites in the tunnel... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Woodbury, Connecticut
Spectacular views

I've been to this park many times over the years. It is a very peaceful and beautiful place to... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2018
San Antonio, Texas
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“great view”(3 reviews)
“hidden valley”(2 reviews)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice flat trail with climbing options for views. Huge icicles and ice stalactites in the tunnel. Very cool walk and tunnel.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ChrisLorenz9
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

I've been to this park many times over the years. It is a very peaceful and beautiful place to spend a day hiking,fishing or just relaxing. Bring your camera and pack a lunch. The view from the upper trail is not to be missed. If...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank ziggy437
Reviewed 20 July 2018

Very cool. Great hikes, rivers, and picnic spots. Fun in the winter, summer, anytime! Definitely recommend to anyone stopping by Washington, CT as a family, couple, or with friends.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Cecilia L
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Although it can be tricky to find, because Siri does not necessarily bring you to the correct parking lot with the trailhead, It is a very peaceful hike along the Shepaug River. If you are going with children be advised because there is a trail...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Devon_Nelson_
Reviewed 14 February 2018

3 spectacular properties...Steep Rock Reserve, Hidden Valley, Maricostas Preserve. Each has something special to offer.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Joe L
Reviewed 21 November 2017

This preserve is close to home for me, so I frequent it often for a hike. There is a great view if you hike to the summit. Some trails are more difficult than others. It's also a great place to bring a picnic and sit...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank balaczar
Reviewed 9 November 2017

This Reservation is a hidden gem in CT. I almost want to keep it secret, it is so special. If you are a caring steward of the environment and enjoy the outdoors, do not miss this opportunity!

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank LiveLifeCT
Reviewed 30 June 2017

A beautiful area to walk in. Easy mostly flat trails along the Shepaug River through woods full of moss and lichen covered rocks and ferns. The river is clear with mini rapids and the Thoreau Bridge. We liked the Bee Brook loop walk accessible from...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Nski
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I have been hiking these trails for decades, mostly with my dog. They are for everyone as some are flat and easy, while others are hilly and challenging. You can ride horses on some by the Shepaug River, and there are areas for picnics, barbecues,...More

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank sabbadayfarm
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Although there are three trails one can hike, we chose to stay on the level road that runs along both side of the Shepaug River. We were looking for a place that we could walk our dog and remembered Steep Rock as a dog friendly...More

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank John H
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19 July 2016|
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Response from Koen L | Reviewed this property |
it's about a 5K (3+) miles round trip from the parking lot. mostly flat easy walk. However during the summer you can drive almost all the way there and park near the bridge and walk a few hundred yards to the tunnel
23 June 2016|
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Response from rambomania | Reviewed this property |
The Shepaug river runs through the preserve and it's a shallow, rocky river. There are some pools at various points along the river and there are no beaches. The pools are more suited for a dunking, if that. Bring your... More