East Rock is a landmark feature of new Haven, along with West Rock. It can be considered a tiny mountain or a giant rock, with a highest point of 366 ft. It's only a 10-15 minute bike ride from downtown New Haven or a 30-40 minute walk. It is located in East Rock Neighborhood and there's ample street parking. I love to go to East Rock Park in my neighborhood for short and easy runs and hikes.
What Makes It Great
There are several trails. The most comprehensible one is about 2.14 miles and goes around most of the park. There are other shorter trails in different spot. At the top a beautiful view of the city and the Long Island sound (sometimes even long island, on clear days) can be enjoyed. There is also space for picnics and gatherings. Very family and pet friendly. Any time, all year around is very enjoyable. This park is particularly enjoyable during the seasonal changes, especially during New England's Autumn. I also love it in the winter when very few people are around.
Who is Going to Love It
East Rock is perfect for those looking to get in a workout or find a little fresh air before or after work, or even during lunchtime.