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Sleeping Giant State Park

Hamden, CT
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Ranked #1 of 9 attractions in Hamden
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: State Parks
Activities: Viewing foliage
Description: A beautiful spot to view the autumn foliage.
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Westfield, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

A beautiful park with amazing scenery. Has trails for most ability levels. Even if you don't hike there are plenty of benches to sit and enjoy the sights.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Easy hike with more challenging options. 3 mile round trip to the "castle" and back. Check out the while or blue trails for more challenging, rock-hopping adventures. Nice views at the top and along the way. Didn't appreciate this gem enough growing up close by.

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CT
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

From the blue trail to the tower trail, an enjoyable hike can be experienced by all with the blue trail being the most difficult and the tower trail being the easiest. The blue trail involves some rock scrambling but not much and is a nice challenging climb.

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Hamden, Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Good hiking. Please stay on marked trails. Too many people have gotten lost or hurt by going off trail.

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Connecticut
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34 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

It's been some time since my husband, sister-in-law and I hiked to the summit from a parking lot across from Quinnipiac College. She had just arrived from Texas and was blown away by the autumn color and fun but rather steep upward path. I say "steep" because we're not young'uns anymore, but it was still within our capabilities. I keep... More

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Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The main trail is great for people with children but the colored trails are better for hiking and you see more of the park. It is a gorgeous place.

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Hamden, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Climbing the trail to the "Castle" at the top of Sleeping Giant is a fun afternoon. Especially popular in the Spring & Fall. The view from the top is spectacular and worth the climb. It's a nice hike and an easy trail to follow. Loaded with people of all ages intent a taking the trail to the top. Located on... More

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Hamden, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Great part for hiking and picnic. Some dangerous cliffs so when you hike there, avoid them! The park overlooks a golf course and Quinnipiac University.

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Hamden, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Sleeping Giant Park is just off Whitney Ave. There is a map near the parking area. You can walk on a broad gently sloping path up to the lookout on the "chest" (shown in the picture) or you can take more difficult hikes up to the top of the "head". Trails are well marked. You can also use one of... More

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Howell, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Not used to having to pay $15 parking/admission fee to do a hike, but Ct. police can be very pesky about ticketing cars parked alongside road. Plus Quinnepiac College was having a bike-marathon race and any legal roadside spaces were taken up by participants and onlookers. Otherwise, hiking The Giant was awesome. Do take the Blue trail to start. Yeah... More

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