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Steep Rock Association

A land trust supported by your donations.

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

198 Bee Brook Road, Washington Depot, CT 06794 

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.

Macricostas Preserve

124 Christian Street, New Preston, CT 06777

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

2 Tunnel Road, Washington Depot, CT 06794 

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

Johnson Farm
37 West Mountain Road #2, Washington, CT 06793
Hilllside Farm
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.

Make A Difference

Your donation today helps Steep Rock Association protect and steward special places for you to learn about nature and explore the great outdoors.

Latest News



Macricostas Preserve has a StoryWalk! This community collaboration between Steep Rock Association, Gunn Memorial Library, and Washington Supply offers a fun and educational outdoor activity for

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Give Local 2023: April 25 & 26

Thank You For Protecting What You Love! https://vimeo.com/818879412?share=copy We are thrilled to announce that the 2023 Give Local event, sponsored by the Connecticut Community Foundation, was a

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Gratitude Report 2022

View Gratitude Report As we reflect on our accomplishments over the past year, we are truly indebted to you.   Nearly 100 years ago, we

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Steep Rock Bridge Closure

The Town of Washington is replacing Tunnel Road Bridge over the Shepaug River at Steep Rock Preserve. The bridge will be closed Apr. 1 – Nov. 1. There will be no parking or access to Steep Rock Preserve at River Road/Lower Church Hill. The only access to Steep Rock Preserve will be on Spring Hill Rd. off Route 199/Roxbury Rd. Horse trailer access is prohibited and SR1 and SR2 campsites are closed for 2023. We apologize for the inconvenience and welcome you to visit our other preserves open to the public.

The Steep Rock Summit Trail is CLOSED until early July.