Sleeping Giant State Park

Quick Facts

Sleeping Giant State Park

Connecticut

(203) 789-7498

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Things To Do

Overview

Two miles of mountaintop resembling a sleeping giant give this park its name, and make it a distinguishing feature on Connecticut's skyline. Sleeping Giant State Park is a relatively wet place ordinarily with a large amount of rainfall; the month with most of the rain is August while February is the month with the least amount of precipitation. The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset. Pets on a leash are permitted in picnic areas and on hiking trails.

Map of Sleeping Giant (CT)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.432655, -72.878577

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Activities

  • Camping

    Youth Group Camping areas are available to qualifying youth organizations. The group camp areas are generally away from main public use areas, giving group leaders maximum control over their group's camping experience. This program is designed to encourage youths to learn about nature and the camping experience.

  • Fishing

    Sleeping Giant State Park is a designated Trout Park, making stream fishing popular.

  • Hiking

    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 which provides an excellent view of Long Island Sound and the New Haven area.

  • Picnicking

    The park offers picnic tables and a shelter with amazing views.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset.

Park Partners

The Sleeping Giant Association

The Sleeping Giant Park Association (SGPA) was formed in 1924 to acquire land on and around the series of ridges in Mount Carmel, Connecticut known as the Sleeping Giant for use as a state park. SGPA is an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to protect and enlarge Sleeping Giant State Park. SGPA maintains over thirty miles of trails in the park, sponsors over 15 guided hikes each year, acquires land to add to the park, publishes the Giant News, a newsletter about the Giant, prints and distributes trail maps and maintains a self-guided nature trail with printed guide.

Directions

Driving

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 1½ 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.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(203) 789-7498

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