Sleeping Giant State Park
Connecticut State Park
1,465 acres in Hamden, CT
Parking: Large lot at 200 Mt Carmel Ave, Hamden, CT. Other small pull-offs, for a few cars each, along Tuttle Ave and Chestnut Lane
The Giant is open once more!
Sleeping Giant is one of the crown jewels of CT hiking. The park has over 30 miles of trails, such as the main 1.6 mile trail ending at the tower as well as a section of the blue blaze Quinnipiac Trail that crosses the park. There are days worth of hiking and adventuring here. The park fills up quick on weekends and is popular with everyone be it Quinnipiac students, families, or trail runners.
The castle located on the “left hip” is the easiest and most popular destination in the park. The crushed stone path switchbacks uphill for just over 1.5 miles and can be completed by anyone. The tower offers 360 degree views of the surrounding area including New Haven and Long Island Sound.
Established as a state park in 1924. Currently, the best read is through the SGPA here. The park was closed from May 15, 2018 to June 14, 2019 after a tornado swept through the area.
My Post-Storm comparison hike on June 17, 2019
One of Peter Marteka’s “Eight Of Connecticut’s Challenging Hikes”
Steve at CTMQ – Sleeping Giant State Park Trails Intro