Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Sleeping Giant State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I really enjoyed the trails at this state park. Tons of options, well-marked and well-maintained. The scramble up the blue trail was challenging and fun. There were lots of beautiful turkey cultures on the ridges. Many rocky locations with risk of twisting an ankle if you’re not careful or inexperienced. Saw very few people. And the stone tower at the peak of the tower trail was incredible with fantastic views. Followed my own path on various trails, about 7-8 miles total, around 4 hours.

28 degrees to start and 5-7 mph wind but a fair amount of hikers. Happy we braved it. Hike on peeps!

a beautiful view

Great hike with my 11 year old.

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blowdown
muddy
rocky
23 days ago

Definitely need hiking boots. You will be scaling rock face most of the way up or down. Beautiful views! Would recommend being a little fit. Tons of people on the trail and you can hear traffic which is not amazing.

I did 5 miles today and wasn't a big fan- the 3 stars are because the foliage was gorgeous! But basically going up for the sake of going up - no real views except for the one early on the yellow trail. So many trees down along with way from the tornado. It was peaceful though, after you got away from the road noise on yellow trail. A lot of loose rocks, especially coming down.

sleeping giant is one of my favorite places to hike. lots of different trails to go on, huge property, well marked.

We picked the perfect weather conditions to hike today! The leaves have already turned and the air was crisp. There were multiple trailheads we could have taken and opted to stick to the orange trail up until the green/yellow trail. We then took the green trail up to the blue - which lead to the tower outlook. Although there weren’t that many lookouts, the trails were extremely fun and had a variety of terrain. The tower trail is a much simpler way up to the tower peak and has an easier (gravel-paved) terrain, which we ended up taking down back to the parking lot. Overall, it was a great hike!

Perfect day for a hike. Wind was at a minimum and clear dry path right up to castle.

Great rock scramble with amazing views

Love this went blue to purple. Purple super easy will go other route next time

This is best hike I've done in CT so far. The climb up to the head is a good workout with some fun scrambling. Hiking along the ridge toward the tower trail introduced mosquitoes. Recommend bringing spray. We took the blue trail the shorter route up to the tower and back down the tower trail to the white trail, which brings you back to the parking loop near the trailhead you start at. This took about 2.5 hours. The trail is very well marked and is well-maintained. Highly recommend it.

we started on the blue trail and the first hour is work. after that it's beautiful. we saw vultures, frogs, ducks and other birds. beautiful views. you could see quote a bit of damage from the tornado. I don't recommend the blue trail for dogs or babies. the other trails are a better option for beginners. make sure to have plenty of water and good hiking shoes. also be ready to climb.

A difficult hike but I did it.

This isn’t really easy. It’s 100% up hill the entire time. Dirt road. I’ve done way harder hikes and my legs were never as sore as they were with this one. Super crowded but worth the visit.

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Awesome scramble and fantastic views. Loved this hike, as an intermediate hiker, it was challenging, but doable. We did 8 miles overall, great variety and plenty of scrambles. FUN!!

The hardest part is the climb in the beginning. Tough hike. Had to take the tower trail on the way back due to rain making the rocks slippery

More of a gravel path than hiking trail. Uphill the whole way, but coming back isn’t bad. Great views on a clear day.

The blue trail is fairly challenging with a lot of scrambling. If you go from the parking lot and up the blue trail, you can take the gravel road 'tower trail' back down at a leisurely pace. Took me about 2.5 hours. Be forewarned that the maps available are hard to read and are in black and white.

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