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Steep Rock Preserve

Steep Rock Preserve is a pet-friendly recreational area in Washington Depot, CT. This 998-acre site offers hiking trails which follow the river banks and provide access into the hillsides above. Dogs are allowed on the trails at this nature preserve, as long as they are leashed and all mess is cleaned up after them. Visit Website

Or call (860) 868-9131 or email info@steeprockassoc.org for more information.


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Steep Rock Preserve has received a rating of 4.0 out of 5 bones by 1 canine critic on BringFido and 5.0 out of 5 by 36 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Christina
    Jul 17, 2021
    An Easy, Pleasant Walk

    Steep Rock can be walked as a loop or as two separate down-and-back walks. The stretch on the right side of the river does have some very rocky, steep parts - but the left side of the river is beautifully flat and easy for folks like me, who are at best strollers and amblers rather than hikers. Poop bags and disposal can are available at the trail head, but you’re going to have to keep your mess with you as there are no trash cans along the trail. That’s the worst thing I can say - the trail is wide and follows the lovely river, with a few places to pull off and let your dogs into the shallow water. On nice days there are lots of other users - be aware of bikers and horses- so flexi leads may not be the best idea.

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