Sleeping Giant State Park

City: Hamden

Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden is a scenic natural area known for its distinctive mountain ridge that resembles a reclining giant. The name “Sleeping Giant” is derived from Native American legends that describe the ridge as the form of a giant who fell asleep after drinking too much wine.

The park offers over 30 miles of hiking trails and diverse habitats that support a variety of wildlife, including deer, red-tailed hawks, and wild turkeys. The most popular trail is the Tower Trail, a 1.6-mile path that leads to the summit. From the summit, hikers can enjoy panoramic views of the New Haven skyline, Connecticut River Valley, and Long Island Sound. The park offers picnic shelters, tables, and grills, as well as restroom facilities and parking areas.

8 a.m.-sunset.


200 Mt Carmel Ave, Hamden, CT 06518, USA