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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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Orlando, Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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New Haven, Connecticut
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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

If you're hiking one of the more popular trails you'll want to come very early in the morning, as around lunch time it gets quite busy, especially on weekends. The park is dog friendly, so you'll see lots of people out with their pets (on leash only). This is a family friendly destination as well, with bathrooms and water from... More

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Naugatuck, CT
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Definitely a great place to hike. No fee to park during the week day's which is great! Great place to hike with your dog on a leash.

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Jersey Shore, PA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a beautiful state park with miles of hiking paths. We hike there every time we are in CT! In fact, my 90 year old grandmother hiked to the "castle" on her 90th birthday. It's her favorite park

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Stratford, Connecticut
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72 reviews 72 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

For years I have hiked the trails in Sleeping Giant. When I was a Boy Scout leader in Milford our troop hiked the Giant many times on the Blue Trail. They boys loved the climb up the face of the Giant along the quarry. Every fall I park my truck and walk three trails totaling nine miles. I start on... More

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Meriden, Connecticut
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Several trails of different experience levels are available here. Take the main trail up to the stone tower to get a glimpse of new haven harbor on a clear day. The views are magnificent in October so be sure to check out the foliage.

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Hamden, Connecticut
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

The view and history of the mountain is amazing. A great hike to the castle at the top with an amazing view of Quinnipiac University and New Haven all the way out to the Long Island Sound. Bring a picnic and a camera.

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Hamden, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

We have been enjoying Sleeping Giant for generations walking its trails and eating picnic meals. A trip to the Castle and viewing the quarry along the way is an exciting and enticing for all ages.

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