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Sleeping Giant State Park

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

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A wonderful resource - quiet forest trails and views

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Margaret M
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Hamden, Connecticut
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Hamden, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW 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 

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Hoboken, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

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 

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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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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

There are trails here for every group of people. The tower trail is nice and easy, so it's great for beginners and small kids. There are amazing views and interesting places to stumble upon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We normally do the "hike" up the trail to the castle. My daughter loves the castle! The hike is fairly easy, with a stone and dirt trail to lead you. It does go up the side of the mountain, but it's not too hard for a 4 year old at all. The view from the top is awesome and even... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Sleeping Giant is a state park that is beautiful in any season. With many well marked trails of different levels of difficulty it stands out as one of our more understated places of natural history. I absolutely feel close to God and Nature there. I have read that the main trail was used many years ago to transport goods to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Whether you are up for a short, 3 mile hike to the top (only about 750 feet tall) which will take you about 2 hours or an all day trek all the way around the two peaks this is the best park near the seashore in New Haven to do that. The tower trail is even and fairly easy for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Something for everyone in the family to enyoy! Quite an experience for a casual hiker... Amazing views, can't wait to go back in fall.

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Madison, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This is a nice state park right near Quinnipiac University making it easy to find. It's open for hiking, walking, biking, dog walking, and picnicking. There are a few choices of trails leading to the top, so pick one based on your skill level. The easier of the trails offers a more gradual incline and the others increase the effort... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I have been to Sleeping Giant numerous times and will continue to go back! There are so many trails to explore. The tower trail is the easiest and most kid friendly. The light blue trail is the most challenging, but the views from the top make the steep climb well worth it!

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