Size: 563 acres
Owner: Berlin Land Trust, CT
Entrance Fee: N/A
Dramatic traprock cliffs
Beautiful views over reservoir
Excellent rock climbing
Impressive fall foliage
A demanding hike along the traprock cliffs of the Metacomet Trail, Ragged Mountain is a challenging but rewarding adventure. The rocky ledges offer expansive vistas, including beautiful views of Hart Ponds and the Wassel Reservoir. Follow the Ragged Mountain Preserve Trail along the ridge to its summit, where the path will lead hikers through a magnificent forest on the return section of this loop trail. The woods of Ragged Mountain are known for their fantastic fall foliage, so if possible, make an effort to visit during the autumn months. And hikers are not the only ones to benefit from this preserve. The sheer vertical cliffs also make Ragged Mountain one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in Connecticut.
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Follow the map to West Lane in Berlin, CT. Continue down West Lane approximately 0.6 miles. Parking for Ragged Mountain Memorial Preserve will be on your right.
After your hike at Ragged Mountain, relax in nearby Meriden’s Hubbard Park. Sitting beneath the Hanging Hills of CT, this 1,800 acre park is a great place for a picnic, offering a nice mix of ponds, gardens, and woodlands. The most recognized feature of the park is Castle Craig, a 32-foot stone tower overlooking the Greater Meriden area. The hike to the top of East Peak where Castle Craig stands is great, but rather strenuous. There is also a road to the top, allowing all visitors access to the beautiful views.
Ragged Mountain Self-guided Hike
Berlin Land Trust
Ragged Mountain Foundation – Preserving CT’s High and Wild Places
Ragged Mountain Foundation