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Sleeping Giant State Park

Hamden, CT
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Hamden
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Viewing foliage
Description: A beautiful spot to view the autumn foliage.
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Nashville, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We took a hike up to a stone tower with great views. Getting to the tower was an uphill walk on an easily accessible trail. The fall foliage was beautiful and scenes from the tower were nice. If you are in the area I would definately recommend taking a couple of hours out of your schedule to enjoy.

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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84 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

While our daughter attended Quinnipiac Univerity we often took the opportunity to get some exercise as a family by hiking the Sleeping Giant nearby. The trails are fairly easy to climb with plenty of foliage to keep the sun away. There are beautiful views from the top and a nice stone fortress which is great for pictures

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Rockport, Texas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

If your looking for some country in the city, some hiking on relatively easy trails and some great views I would recommend checking out Sleeping Giant State Park. We recently visited here while on a trip to CT. We spent a fair portion of the afternoon hiking the trail to the top. The trail isn't grueling but does give you... More

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Seattle, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Great walking paths and historical area to reflect upon. Close to Days Inn and college Parking is a bit high $$$ but worth the time to tour.

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Ashburnham, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The Sleeping Giant is a great area to hike for the whole family. The main path up the mountain is a solid walking path that is very easy to navigate. The views from the top are incredible. You can see Quinnipiac University from one spot. There is a cute stone fortress building at the top. Great for pictures.

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Redding, Connecticut
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

If you are local this is a great place to hike. I went here with my girlfriend and we had a great time. If you want a little bit of a workout, I would suggest hiking the Blue trail at the start. It gets very steep very fast but you hit the "peak" at about 30 minutes. We then linked... More

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Cheshire, Connecticut
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you like to hike this is the place to go. From the river down below to the castle at the top. Beautiful scenery. Make sure you bring water as there isn't any place to get some.

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Orlando, Florida
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19 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was a very doable hike and I appreciated the clearly marked trails indicating differing degrees of difficulty. The view from the top was well worth it and we had fun looking out from the castle. We took a harder trail down and I wish I had my hiking boots instead of tennis shoes. There were a lot of areas... More

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Newington, Connecticut
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Very nice hiking trails, nice scenic views. Trails are well marked and you can PU a map at the base station or get same map on website. Hike up to the tower is winding and steep in some spots but certainly walkable at a steady pace. I saw people with sandals but would recommend hiking boots if you have them... More

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Millbury, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I enjoyed Sleeping Giant...I hiked with a group from 4 years old to 60, and it did not seem to difficult for anyone. There were a couple trails with differing difficulty, we chose the easy one which was a gravel road. It was mainly shaded so even on a hot day you didn't feel overheated. The kids loved the castle... More

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