Local Trail Highlight: Sleeping Giant State Park
I live a stone’s throw from West Rock State Park and get this view of the Sleeping Giant pretty often. Check out one of the best hiking destinations our state has to offer.
Two miles of mountaintop resembling a large man lying in repose, the “sleeping giant”, gave Sleeping Giant State Park its name and 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.
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.
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