SLEEPING GIANT STATE PARK
Two miles of mountaintop resembling a sleeping giant give this park its name, and make it a distinguishing feature on Connecticut's skyline
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 1/2 mile scenic trail leads to the stone observation tower on the peak of Mt. Carmel which provides an excellent view of Long Island Sound and the New Haven area.
Connecticut has made state parks, forests, trails, historic sites and beaches more accessible to our residents so they can enjoy the many attractions and beauty they offer. Under the Passport to the Parks program, parking fees are now eliminated at Connecticut State Parks for those with Connecticut registered vehicles. You can view the CONNECTICUT PASSPORT TO THE PARKS
web page to learn more.
Sleeping Giant State Park is a designated Trout Management Area.
Sleeping Giant State Park is located near Ansonia, Berlin and Branford
- Tower Trail: This is the main trail, approximately 1.6 miles long and leads to a stone observation tower at the peak of Mount Carmel.
- Blue Trail: Also known as Quinnipiac Trail, it's about 23.3 miles in length running from Sleeping Giant State Park northward to Connecticut Route 68 near Prospect.
- Red Circle on White Square (Nature)Trail: A short loop that starts off with an uphill climb before leveling out; covers around half-a-mile distance within dense woodland areas.
- Green Triangle on White Square (Quarry)Trail : Approximately one mile long featuring remnants of old quarry operations including piles of cut stones along its path
-Violet Rectangle On Yellow Diamond(Chinmey): Roughly two-thirds-of-a-mile-long offering views over Hamden town center and Long Island Sound beyond
-Yellow Circle On Green Background(Lilac Hedges): About three-quarters-of-a-miles through hilly terrain leading past remains of lilac hedge plantings by former landowner Willis Cook
-Purple Hexagon(Ridge Scenic Vista ): Just under a quarter mile but steep hike up rocky ridge for panoramic view across park's western section
-Green/Red Circles(Pine Grove Picnic Area): Short walk less than tenth-of-a-mile connecting parking area directly with picnic spot amid pine grove setting
-Brown Squares(Cornfield Loop): Half -mile circular route skirting edge cornfields providing opportunity observe local birdlife species such deer turkey
Our Shoreline Bike Boat Tour is a leisurely paced guided ride along the coast on gently rolling hills. We combine it with a narrated 45 minute boat tour of the lovely Thimble Islands. If you have your own bikes and helmets, bring them. Custom guided rides are also available. Minimum age allowed is 16 yrs. old. The bicycle guide, boat tour, bikes, helmets and refreshments are all provided, all you need is your energy
3.8 miles from park*
Explore the Connecticut River aboard the R/V River Quest, an environmentally friendly 64', 60 passenger vessel docked at Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam, CT.
17.8 miles from park*
From I-91: take Exit 10. Then get onto Route 40 connector and stay on until the end. At the light, take a right onto Route 10N drive 1? miles then take a right onto MT Carmel Avenue. The park entrance is on the left across from Quinnipiac University.
From Wilbur Cross Parkway: take Exit 61. Go north onto Whitney Avenue for 3 miles and take a right onto MT. Carmel Avenue. The park entrance is on the left across from Quinnipiac University.
From I-84 to Cheshire: take Route 70S onto Route 10 south drive 5 miles. Then take a left at the light onto MT. Carmel Avenue. The park entrance is on the left across from Quinnipiac University.