Experience Our Preserves
Thanks to the fantastic support from our donors and volunteers, SRA is able to offer 4 unique nature preserves with over 47 miles of recreational trails. We welcome you to explore the preserves below.
Hidden Valley Preserve
Northeast of Washington Depot is Hidden Valley Preserve, 700 acres of mixed forest and meadows crisscrossed by nearly 17 miles of trails that offer a variety of terrain for hiking. Wooded hillsides cascade into the River Valley below, creating breathtaking views from the Lookout and Pinnacle.
The 400-acre Macricostas Preserve offers an array of landscapes, as meadows and farm fields blend seamlessly with wooded ridges and wetlands. Magnificent views, rare species of birds, and colorful stands of wildflowers make this an extraordinary destination in northwest Connecticut. Enjoy a leisurely hike around the hayfield or a more challenging trek up to Waramaug’s Rock.
Steep Rock Preserve
Spanning nearly 1,000 acres, Steep Rock is SRA’s largest Preserve. Explore the diverse flora and fauna along a flat trail on the river’s edge, or climb through old growth hemlock forests to summit views. There’s a hike for everyone within the 18-mile trail system located in the heart of Washington Connecticut.
West Mountain Preserve
37 West Mountain Road #2, Washington, CT 06793
397 Nettelton Hollow Road, Washington, CT 06793
Located in the southeast corner of Washington, the 220-acre West Mountain Preserve showcases several active agricultural fields, as well as a mix of sunny meadows and shady, open forests. 1.25 miles of hiking trails crisscross this landscape, with more to open in the fall of 2022.
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Your donation today helps Steep Rock Association protect and steward special places for you to learn about nature and explore the great outdoors.
Gratitude Report 2022
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