The Running Realtor: Hiking The Giant - Sleeping Giant State Park

A blend of ramblings about Real Estate & Running around New Haven County and the Connecticut Shoreline

Hiking The Giant - Sleeping Giant State Park

If you are looking for some outdoor adventure Sleeping Giant State Park in the Mount Carmel section of Hamden, Connecticut offers an abundance of hiking opportunities.  The easy to get to location is just 15 minutes from downtown New Haven off exit 10 of I-91.

The hiking trails throughout the park offer something for all skill levels.  By far the most popular hike is the easy to navigate Tower Trail.  From the base of The Giant the ten foot wide trail gently weaves up 600 feet to the summit. Young children especially enjoy the 1.6 mile walk but remember it is a hike, rocks and ruts fill the path so a stroller does not work very well. 

An observation tower it the treat at the end of the trail, well the end for most people, experienced hikers can pick up the Blue Trail and go in either direction but the difficulty increases.  The castle like tower is four stories and offers a view as far as Long Island on a clear day.


There is no charge to enter the park but they do impose a parking fee on the weekends.  There are typically about 30 or so spaces available on the street for free parking. Facilities are minimal, at the base there is a water fill-up spout, picnic area & restrooms but no concession stand. 

If you are interested in other adventures in New Haven County feel free to browse my blog.  Real Estate information pertaining to this area can be found on my web site. Dan Cummings, Realtor 203-672-2455 or

Comment balloon 11 commentsNo Longer Active • August 06 2007 02:13PM



What a view! I can so see Sandra sitting at the tower having a snack....LOL! :)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) about 12 years ago

Dan, those were great shots.  You can sure see for a long way from up there.

By the way who is the little guy running in the picture????? 

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 12 years ago
wow - this is beautiful - Dan your running posts have sparked motivation on in me... although I am not running I am walkin a mile or two or three every day... thanks
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) about 12 years ago

Suzanne...The don't think Sandra will get there anytime soon.... For 25 years whenever I say wanna hike the Giant her canned response is NO.

George...The little runner is our oldest son last time Sandra came with me on the hike.... He's now 28

Thesa...Walking is great, I started out walking and only moved into running because all the guys I know doing road races are runners... Woman usually walk but I can't always be hanging around the ladies. :-)

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 12 years ago
Dan--What a cool castle! My kids would have loved that park when they were younger...Another beautiful place in Connecticut! Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) about 12 years ago

Hey Brother Dan - very nice post and the pictures are awesome.  What views - all the way to the water in that last one.  This park sounds like a wonderful place for some day trips for those in that area. 


Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) about 12 years ago
What a beautiful site.  Thanks for sharing the pictures.  You're giving me motivation to take a hike. 
Posted by Julie Neerings~Lifting Hearts ♥ Building Dreams~ (Agent Referral) about 12 years ago


Teri... Young kids love the castle and there are no steps so they can run up and down the ramp.

Ann...Can see Long Island on a clear day. When you're feeling ambitious you can run up Mount Washington and get some shots. I have been up there twice and it was foggy so I never saw much.

Julie... The Hike is not the only motivation.. Gets you Localism content!

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 12 years ago
Gotcha!  I'll grasp onto this soon. Being newer at blogging takes some learning for sure. 
Posted by Julie Neerings~Lifting Hearts ♥ Building Dreams~ (Agent Referral) about 12 years ago
Very, very pretty.  I especially liked the last picture...  Sandra you really should go again!
Posted by Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor (Chico Homes Real Estate) about 12 years ago

always great information to share and in my case "to learn" thanks

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Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) about 12 years ago

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