Hometown Favorites: Hiking Sleeping Giant in Hamden, CT

Connecticut may be a small state and I might rag on it every once in a while, but it really has some beautiful sights to offer (especially in the fall). One of my family’s favorite places to visit in neighboring Hamden is Sleeping Giant State Park, right across the street from Quinnipiac University. Sleeping Giant offers over 30 miles of marked trails, and is aptly named for its shape:

Looks just like a man lying down!

My family has been going there since I was really little, and we’d always make jokes that the sleeping giant would wake up and walk away while we were climbing up his foot. Since that’s probably not really possible, it’s great to take advantage of all the other things it has to offer, like:

  • A stone observation tower at the end of a 1 1/2 mile trail at the top of Mt. Carmel
  • Running streams (you might find a newt or two!)
  • Steep rock faces with incredible views
  • A hike for all ages and skills
  • Tree cover for most of the hikes (my dad’s favorite feature- no sunburn or intense heat!)
  • Waterfalls
  • Cool Ruins (I love finding ruins in nature, I always think it’s interesting to picture what they used to be like)

If you’re looking for places to explore in CT, Sleeping Giant should definitely be on your list.

http://www.ct.gov/dep/lib/dep/stateparks/maps/sleepgiant.pdf (Map of Sleeping Giant)

Me at the intersection of the red and purple trails!

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