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Sleeping Giant State Park

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Address: Hamden, CT
Phone Number: 860-424-3000
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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A beautiful spot to view the autumn foliage.

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Great park for a nice hike with awesome views

This has been a goto hike for the cub and boy scouts. It's a good gentle climb which affords some nice views of the area once you "summit".

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Waterbury, Connecticut
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Waterbury, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This has been a goto hike for the cub and boy scouts. It's a good gentle climb which affords some nice views of the area once you "summit".

Thank TherealVman
Palm beach gardens
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Sleeping giant has hikes for everyone. The tower trail is relatively short and a very easy hike leading up to the castle/tower at the top. It's. It's a great place to reward yourself with some snacks or lunch. The blue trail is much more strenuous climbing on rocks and edges. A great place for short hikes no matter which trail... More 

Thank JessiAnn85
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

While you can hike off the trails, the main trail to the top from the parking lot is very easy to handle for all levels. Some of the trails in the back or down the road are a little more challenging and rocky. Great views from the castle on the top. Be carfeful if you go off trail. Some hikers... More 

Thank Pablo52USA
Hamden, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A wonderful place to hike with family, friends, pets. The views from the tower at the top is spectacular on a clear, sunny day. I have hiked Sleeping Giant many times during my life and anytime is a great time to go for a hike. It is always peaceful and beautiful.

2 Thank Marianne0707
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28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Good place for walking and taking a look over hamden. Usually go there on weekends. Maybe good for little hiking too.

Thank Abdullahyahia
New York City, New York
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136 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I first visited this beautiful park last week and have already been back three times. I travel from Long Island to New Haven three days a week and fully intend to spend at least 2 hours in this park with each visit. The word 'Park' is probably inaccurate for what is effectively a magnificent nature reserve with mountains, hills, valleys,... More 

Thank Paul M
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28 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Sleeping giant has trails for most types of hikers. Tower trail if you want an easy fun hike and can handle a gradual incline. Best hike is blue trail up the rock scramble. White has spectacular views off the beaten path, with occasional rock scrambling. Happy hiking!

Thank Elizabeth S
Hamden, Connecticut
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

Trail reasonably maintained. Some loose rock in one area. Easy hike beautiful views. There is a bathroom at the top. Quite messy, bring hand sanitizer.

Thank Bailey065
North Haven, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

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 

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