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Westwoods is a unique area of coastal lowland forest littered with coarse granite ledges, outcroppings, and boulders left from the receding glaciers of the last ice age. The bouldering areas are scattered across two towns, Branford and Guilford and stretch from directly adjacent I-95 in Branford to the coastal marshes in Guilford.

Rock Climbing is allowed in the Cockaponset State Forest and all non Guilford Land Conservation Trust (GLCT) properties. There are no known bans on climbing in Branford. GLCT has no authority on State forest property to regulate activities despite some comments made otherwise.

Rock Climbing is not allowed on GLCT properties. Please obey all Land Trust rules.

The below map details all GLCT properties identified in the CT DEEP GIS data set in brown.

Green = State Park and Blue = Town Park where climbing is allowed. Brown = GLCT where climbing is prohibited. There may be other GLCT properties not indicated on this map.
Known GLCT properties where climbing is prohibited.

Getting There

Located in Guilford (and into the Branford quarry) off I-95. Many entrances located off RT 1 near Bishops Orchards (great market). Map found here in PDF format- guilfordlandtrust.org/wordp…

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This place is pure untapped potential. TONS of boulders and cliffs. Some stunning crack lines (up to 40-50 feet) and so much bouldering. Really great rock and its all condensed and accessible by trails. I don't know how this place hasn't gotten more attention... Dec 6, 2010
Santa Clarita, CA
FooDawg   Santa Clarita, CA
We were out there today, It's pretty sharp pink granite because of erosion. Tears your fingertips up worse than anything else in CT. Needs a LOT of attention and love to clean and set here. I can see why people could get turned off by this type of rock. Dec 17, 2011
. Mobes
. Mobes   MDI, ME
Some people hate it, some are OK with it. It does toughen the hands and would be great training for a trip to Joshua Tree. If only there were more Frankenrocks around... Dec 18, 2011
From the heart
Cricket   From the heart
Yeah I agree it's got tons of rock but its not the nicest to touch. Seems to be earning a lovable reputation with the locals ... It's nice to know when your out there putting up problems that other people actually do the same out there. It gets lonely out there sometimes. There's a couple real nice cracks on my hit list... I better get them done sounds like. Feb 18, 2013
Please note that rock climbing is not permitted on Guilford Land Conservation Trust property.

For acceptable land use, please see:
guilfordlandtrust.org/wordp… Mar 19, 2016
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
GLCT, Thanks for your note, but why exactly is bouldering not allowed on the trust property? Is it potentially a lack of understanding about bouldering on the part of the trust managers? I don't see any legitimate liability issue and to my mind, while mountain biking is allowed, that seems more destructive and potentially dangerous, so it seems capricious. If a good dialogue is maintained with the climbing community I don't see how bouldering is an incompatible use and climbers wouldn't be alienated from supporting such trusts. Mar 22, 2016
Connecticut climbers should appreciate the compliment to their no trace ethics.westwoods climbing predates my own experience which starts 67,68.climbers have not damaged natural features,distured or removed vegetation,usedt.r.s for anchors,and always use clean protection in natural placements.there are perhaps twenty climbs and dozens of boulder problems,many climbed in complete solitude in the seventies.peace,rick torre. Sep 7, 2016
Augusta, ME
balzano   Augusta, ME
I grew up in Branford and have been climbing here for a very long time. If one enters from the Branford Old Quarry Rd side, one finds several stand alone boulders just up the small hill that runs parallel to the stream. There is a separate path that heads up there and rejoins the main path 100 yards or so. After the two trails meet again, to the right one stumbles across a sink hole or old well and then a massive cluster of boulders and caves with remnants of parties. If one continues past this cluster heading in the same direction, loosely following the marsh line, there are plenty more stand alone boulders and a nice wall maybe 10-12' with some beautiful cracks in it. The place keeps going. .

Fun fact: granite from Stony Creek in Branford is what was used in the base of the Statue of Liberty. Dec 18, 2016