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Description - *This information was provided by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection*

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 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.

Attractions - Sleeping Giant offers facilities for bathrooms, lookout towers, picnic shelters, and picnic tables.

Recreation - Sleeping Giant State Park offers various opportunities for hiking, a scenic vista, a lookout tower, stream fishing, a nature trail, youth group camping, and picnicking.

Climate - The climate of this state involves a moderate amount of humidity, heat and cold. Summer highs reach 90 degrees F with low temperatures near 65 degrees. Evenings near the water can become cool and light jackets and sweaters are recommended. Winter temperatures average in the mid thirties during the day and in the teens at night. Rarely do temperatures dip to zero, especially in the southern portion of the state, where the water influences the more temperate weather.

Location - 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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Contact Information:
Sleeping Giant State Park, 200 Mount Carmel Avenue , Hamden, Connecticut, 06518, Phone: (203) 789-7498
, dep.stateparks@po.state.ct.us

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Sleeping Giant State Park - Official site for Sleeping Giant State Park


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