Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Sleeping Giant Picnic Shelter - CLOSED
Drive In
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Sleeping Giant Picnic Shelter - CLOSED is located in Connecticut
41.4217 N
-72.9017 W
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3 Reviews of Sleeping Giant Picnic Shelter - CLOSED

Sleeping Giant has been closed since May 2018. A tornado came through and knocked down many trees near the main entrance to and major parking lot for the park (on Mount Carmel Avenue across from Quinnipiac University).

This entrance area has been cleared and is being rebuilt. The picnic and pavilion areas were also affected (though less so) and will be renovated also.

In the past the picnic shelter and pavilion areas were well shaded by trees and were a wonderful place to bring the family or even large groups of people for a party. This will presumably be so at some point in the future after the park re-opens.

There were Sleeping Giant Park campground sites which could be reserved and used for tent camping back in the twentieth century. I remember them from the 1980s. They have not been available for many years now.

Crowded at peak times

Hiking Sleeping Giant is really fun, and difficult in some sections. If you go off-season you will be better off, as during the peak season it is packed. The picnic area at the bottom was well maintained as were the trails. There are miles of trails and spectacular views at the top. Some are much more difficult than others, but easier trails are provided for all abilities. **After the tornado on 5/15/18 though, the picnic area has been completely devastated and will need a lot of maintenance to get it back to where it was.

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Peaceful park area with nice trails and picnic area

I've done a handful of hikes at this park through the years, and it's a nice area - nothing super special about it. Picnic area is a cute place to take the kids, there is a trail that goes around the picnic area as well - short and level.