Hiking & Riding

Steep Rock Association’s 3 unique preserves offer some of the most beautiful hikes in Northwest Connecticut.  Spanning over 40 miles, our trails offer everything from a leisurely stroll along the Shepaug River to more rigorous hikes leading to spectacular views.  Trail maps are located in the kiosks at the entrances to each preserve and highlight the distance of each blazed trail.

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Hiking

Steep Rock Association’s 3 unique preserves offer some of the most beautiful hikes in Northwest Connecticut.  Spanning over 40 miles, our trails offer everything from a leisurely stroll along the Shepaug River, to more rigorous hikes leading to spectacular views.  Trail maps are located in the kiosks at the entrance to each preserve and highlight the distance of each blazed trail or view and download below:

Trail Maps

Horseback Riding

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, equestrian parking at Hidden Valley Preserve is no longer available until further notice. The Steep Rock Riding Ring remains open. We have been experiencing unexpectedly high numbers of visitors and overflow parking for cars at our preserves, especially on weekend afternoons. For your health and safety, as well as your horses and our visitors, please consider visiting on weekdays to avoid crowds. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Both Steep Rock and Hidden Valley Preserve offer scenic trails for horseback riding and have trailer accessible parking. In addition, Steep Rock Preserve offers a riding ring, where riders can let their horses roam while they enjoy lunch at the nearby picnic tables. Designated riding trails are marked on the respective Hidden Valley and Steep Rock Preserve maps.

Trail Maps

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Biking

Steep Rock Association offers mountain biking on certain trails at our Steep Rock and Hidden Valley PreservesBiking trails are generally flat and wide, located along the Shepaug River at both preserves. Please reference the Steep Rock and Hidden Valley trail maps for designated biking trails.  

Trail Maps

FAQS & Rules

Please respect the land by following the rules listed below. If you have any question please do not hesitate to give us a call @ (860) 868-9131  or email us HERE.

  • Do not remove or destroy plants and wildlife.
  • Open sunrise to sunset, daily.
  • Park cars in designated areas.
  • All motorized vehicles are prohibited beyond parking areas.
  • No hunting.
  • No alcoholic beverages.
  • No loud noise or music.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times.
  • Fires are not permitted.
  • No camping.
  • Horseback riding is permitted according to posted signs.
  • Do not harm trees by chopping, carving or driving nails.
  • Do not litter: please carry out what you carry in.
  • Cross-Country Skiers: Please set tracks on one side of the trail only.
  • Hikers, Snowshoers and dogs please respect ski tracts by keeping to the other side of the trail.
  • Stay on the designated trail and please obey seasonal postings.
  • Do not speed. Speed limit is 15 mph.
  • Dismount when approaching horses.
  • Always yield to people on foot.
  • No more than four riders in a group.

Where Volunteers Till the Soil

To feed their neighbors!