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#5 of 119 state parks in Connecticut

Best trails in Sleeping Giant State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Sleeping Giant State Park, Connecticut? AllTrails has 23 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 19 moderate trails in Sleeping Giant State Park ranging from 1.5 to 6.4 miles and from 98 to 734 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Sleeping Giant State Park, a two miles of mountaintop resembling a sleeping giant, which gives the park its name, is located eight miles (13 km) north of New Haven, Connecticut. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities such as hiking, rock climbing, snowshoeing, picnicking, bird watching, and others. There are trails specifically designed for horseback riding and cross-country skiing located on the lower reaches of the Giant, and fishing is allowed in the abutting Mill River.

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Map of trails in Sleeping Giant State Park
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Monday
All day
Tuesday
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Wednesday
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Thursday
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Friday
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Saturday
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Sunday
All day
Contact
(203) 287-5658
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Top trails (23)
#1 - Sleeping Giant Tower Trail
Sleeping Giant State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(964)
Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
As of August 2020 the Tower is closed due to COVID19. The Tower Trail is the most popular trail at Sleeping Giant. This trail to the 739 foot summit of Mount Carmel starts at the picnic area across from Quinnipiac University. It is wide and meanders up the side of Mount Carmel ending at a 4-story stone observation tower.Show more
#2 - Sleeping Giant Head Blue and Violet Loop Trail
Sleeping Giant State Park
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(529)
Length: 8 mi • Est. 4 h 14 m
#3 - Sleeping Giant Blue, White and Yellow Trail
Sleeping Giant State Park
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(237)
Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
#4 - Sleeping Giant Head White Trail
Sleeping Giant State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(106)
Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
#5 - Sleeping Giant Blue and Tower Trail Loop
Sleeping Giant State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(178)
Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m
#6 - Hezekiah's Knob and the Chestnut Grove Trail
Sleeping Giant State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(67)
Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 3 m
#7 - Sleeping Giant Violet, Blue and White Loop
Sleeping Giant State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(90)
Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 2 m
Start on Violet trail just after the parking lot, Follow the trail clockwise Blue to White returning to Violet. Since reopening after the tornado, some of the markings have been moved slightly off course from this map, but Sleeping Giant is always WELL MARKED and you won't be disappointed. Violet-->Blue-->White-->Violet.Show more
#8 - Sleeping Giant Head Yellow and Orange Loop Trail
Sleeping Giant State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(93)
Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 23 m
#9 - Sleeping Giant Blue and Violet Trail Loop
Sleeping Giant State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(61)
Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
#10 - Sleeping Giant Violet and Yellow Trail Loop
Sleeping Giant State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(49)
Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
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