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Steep Rock Association

Protecting What You Love Since 1925

Steep Rock is a nationally accredited, non-profit land trust serving Washington, CT and the greater Litchfield Hills community. 

Land & Water

Protecting 5,800 acres of forest, fields, farms, meadows, and waterways that's home to 33 rare or endangered species.

Food & Community

Helping to feed 200 families in need each week with organic vegetables grown at Judea Garden.


Stewarding 46 miles of scenic nature trails through breathtaking landscapes in Washington.


For all ages

Trails & Preserves

Discover hidden gems

Legacy Society

Gifts in Your Will

Special Projects

Help us cross the finish line on this remarkable 30.46-acre tract that’s part of the Macricostas Preserve Expansion Plan, celebrated for its distinctive landforms, abundant water resources, extensive core forests, and vital habitats for rare species

Special Projects HVX Upgrades

Thanks to you, Hidden Valley grew by 206 acres in 2023, These lands stretch along scenic rivers and connect to pollinator meadows. Help us create new pathways on this beautiful land. With a trail development budget of $95,000, every contribution helps. 


Jeremy Kline

Have hiked hundreds of miles in Connecticut…and the Steep Rock system boasts some of the finest trails that can be found. Best views. Best sites. Best design and maintenance. Bravo to these top-notch locations!” 


Thank you for all that you do to help and enhance the quality of life in our community…We all benefit from every preserve. 


A gorgeous place for a hike. It is pet friendly, has beautifully mapped trails and is built to have little to no impact on the environment  

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Events & Programs

may 2024

19may9:00 am11:00 pmRossiter Run 5K Race and Fun Run/Walk, Sun., May 19, 2024Are you up for the Challenge?9:00 am - 11:00 pm Steep Rock Preserve, 2 Tunnel RdEvents:EventsRegister Here

23may6:30 pm9:00 pmCelestial Celebration: Women's Full Moon Hike, Thurs., May 23, 20246:30 pm - 9:00 pm Events:Events,ProgramsRegister Here

25may9:00 am12:00 pmJudea Garden Summer Planting Days, May 25 & 26, 20249:00 am - 12:00 pm Events:Volunteer OpportunitiesRegister Here

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Matching Gifts

 Did you know many companies match donations made by employees, employees’ spouses, and retirees, allowing employees to DOUBLE their generosity and impact? 

Contact your employer today to see if they will match your gift.


 If you are 70½ years of age or older, you can take advantage of a popular gift option called a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) also known as a IRA charitable rollover.  QCDs offer simple ways to benefit Steep Rock and receive tax benefits in return.

To learn more, visit here.

Stock or Wire

If you’d like to give a gift via wire or stock, please reach out to for our account information.


You can donate through your donor advised fund in just three clocks on our website
When granting through your donor-advised fund, please use the following information:

Our legal name: Steep Rock Association, Inc.
Tax ID: #06-6069060
Mailing address: PO Box 279, Washington Depot, CT 06794

Check Donations

Please make checks payable to Steep Rock Association. Our mailing address is:

Steep Rock Association
PO Box 279
Washington Depot, CT 06794