New England is world-renowned for its spectacular fall foliage season and Greater New Haven proudly displays its autumn colors. Leaf peeping is an annual tradition that is not to be missed. Projected dates for peak foliage are, pending whatever surprises Mother Nature has in store for us, October 3 through November 8. We recommend you check with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection prior to your visit.
Hiking/Biking Trails: If you are staying at any one of the towns in Greater New Haven, you are perfectly situated to explore the municipal trails. Detailed information and maps are provided by town. Click here to visit the SCRCOG trail webpage.
If you only have time for a stop or two, don’t miss Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden and East Rock Park in New Haven. Take I-91 North to exit 10.
Sleeping Giant State Park: 200 Mt. Carmel Ave., Hamden. Two miles of mountaintop resembling a large man lying in repose, the “sleeping giant”, is a popular feature of the south central Connecticut skyline. A 1.5 mile scenic trail leads to the stone observation tower on the peak of Mt. Carmel. Thirty-two miles of hiking trails and picnic areas, plus a river stocked with trout for spring fishing. 8 a.m.-sunset. 203-789-7498
East Rock Park: 41 Cold Spring St., New Haven. With 425 acres, East Rock Park is the largest in New Haven. It features the historic Soldiers & Sailors Monument, the Pardee Rose Garden & Greenhouses, sports fields and over 8 miles of hiking trails. The summit offers an excellent view of New Haven Green and Long Island Sound. Park ranger on site Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and occasional weekends. | 203- 946-6086