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NOTICE: Amplified music, bounce houses and other play equipment are NOT ALLOWED. Please call the park directly, before making a reservation, if you have questions regarding other rules and regulations. Additional information can also be found at: http://www.ct.gov/dep

SLEEPING GIANT PICNIC SHELTER, CT

Photo: SLEEPING GIANT PICNIC SHELTER
Status: Open through Tue Nov 11 2014   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Tue Mar 17 2015   Later Dates
 

Description

Two miles of mountaintop resembling a large man lying in repose, the "sleeping giant" is a popular feature of the south central Connecticut skyline. Sleeping Giant State Park offers unparalleled hiking, as well as other activities. 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.

Geography:

Sleeping Giant State Park is located in south central Connecticut.

Recreation:

Sleeping Giant State Park is a designated Trout Park, making stream fishing popular. Hike to Scenic Vista Lookout Tower, or enjoy the nature trail and have a picnic.

Facilities:

Youth Group Camping is available at Sleeping Giant State Park. Park facilities include restrooms, picnic shelters, and picnic tables.

Nearby Attractions:

Nearby parks include West Rock Ridge State Park and Wharton Brook State Park.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Ada Accessible Picnic Area
  • Ada Accessible Restroom
  • Bird Watching
  • Covered Group Structure
  • Fireplace
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilet
  • Gatehouse
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Trails
  • Historic Sites
  • Overlook
  • Park Attendant
  • Parking
  • Paved Ada Accessible Site
  • Paved Roads
  • Pavilion
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Potable Water
  • Pressurized Water
  • Restroom
  • Scenery
  • Trails
Within 10 Miles
  • Beach
  • Convenience Store
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Golf
  • Golf Course
  • Grocery Store
  • Hospital
  • Ice Machine
  • Laundry
  • Lodge
  • Post Office
  • Restaurant
  • Snack Bar
Alerts and Important Information
All Parking fees are additional and will be collected on arrival at the gate.

Getting There:

From I-91: Take Exit 10. Get onto the Route 40 connector, and stay on it until it ends. At the light, take a right onto Route 10N, and drive 1½ miles. Turn 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, and drive 5 miles. Turn left at the light onto Mt. Carmel Avenue. The park entrance is on the left, across from Quinnipiac University.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SLEEPING GIANT PICNIC SHELTER
200 MOUNT CARMEL AVE.
HAMDEN CT 06518

Phone Number:

Information: (203)789-7498