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Take A Hike

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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, 940 acres of mixed forest and meadows crisscrossed by nearly 20 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 516-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 

The 998-acre Steep Rock Preserve offers hiking trails which follow the river banks and provide access into the hillsides above.

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.

Keep both eyes on all things Steep Rock.

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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