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Sleeping Giant State Park

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Address: Hamden, CT
Phone Number: 860-424-3000
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A beautiful spot to view the autumn foliage.

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Wonderful Park to Hike

I have been going to Sleeping Giant for my entire life. I love the peaceful trails and the different levels of effort the different hikes offer. It is always beautiful and there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
North Haven, CT
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North Haven, CT
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131 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been going to Sleeping Giant for my entire life. I love the peaceful trails and the different levels of effort the different hikes offer. It is always beautiful and there are so many options. The castle is the most popular trail but there are other trails that take you further out and you might even see deer. It... More 

Thank dbbohner
Monroe, New York
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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We picked a rainy day to go. It was still awesome. We'll have to do it again on a nice summer day. It was easy enough to find, right off of Mt. Carmel Ave. Across from the University. The trail map looked confusing. Just start out by following the sign for the tower trail. The tower trail is the access... More 

Thank Steven K
Cheshire, Connecticut, United States
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

The various trails leading up to the top of Sleeping Giant are beautiful this time of year. You can park at the base of the mountain and walk up the Tower (main) trail or, if you are feeling adventurous, one of the lesser trod pathways. The main trail is a wide, well trodden path that is very easy to follow.... More 

1 Thank Donna P
Hamden, Connecticut
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

One day I got curious. Where is Quinnipiac University? I put it in my GPS then drove. It turns out is a beautiful new campus at the foot of Sleeping Giant. Reminded me of the Berkshires. Winding roads with hidden trails, houses nestled between the trees, quiet lakes, occasionall hikers, and lots of colorful trees. I had no idea that... More 

Thank Christine G
North Haven, Connecticut
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Great hiking all year long.Best trails start on Mt Carmel road. Red circle to white or orange box. Wonderful views and not as many hikers compared tothe tower trail. After the hike, go to Aunt Chiladas for a cold brew and hot wings!

Thank Lou N
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25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Great place to get stwps on tpur fitbit. The dog loves to hike the trails. Lots of nice people hiking.

Thank Sandra B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

It was a spare moment decision to Go. And so worth it definitely something I would do again. The one thing I suggest to do pick a trail by random and have fun. The maps are a little hard to read but there are color codes around the park on the trees and on the rocks so you know you... More 

1 Thank filwithanf
Hamden, Connecticut
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

It's a rare weekend that my husband and I don't spend a couple of morning hours rambling in this park. Many folks think there is only one trail - the Tower Trail that leads up from the main parking lot. The trail is wide and fairly long and goes up to the WPA-era viewing tower. To those folks I say:... More 

Thank Margaret M
Hoboken, New Jersey
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Great hiking experience for all. The trails range from very wide and gradual gravel paths to the white and blue trails, which are tough climbs -- even if you think you are in shape. I've noticed there are some great paths less travelled around the back side of the mountain. If you're looking for something fresh, drive past the main... More 

1 Thank Mattardz
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Nice hike up to the 1930s civilian conservation corps stone castle atthe top of theSleeping Giant'sChest.nice view of QuiniipiacCollege, and wayoff in the distance newhaven harbor and long island sound. There is also a more challenging steeper hilke up to the head of Sleeping Giant. Trails are well marked. Plenty of parking. No fee in the late fall .

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