Sleeping Giant Violet Trail System

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With over 40 miles of trails Sleeping Giant State Park has many things to offer hikers of all levels.

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Amy Parulis


0.1 miles

Varies, depending on which trail you choose.

Destination Distance From Downtown

7.7 miles


3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

One hour or more.


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


Topographical Map

Sleeping Giant Violet Trail



Most people tend to stick to the Tower Path which brings hikers to the stone tower at the summit. From there you can see out to downtown New Haven and Long Island Sound. This is the easiest way to the summit but not the most exciting.

What Makes It Great

 A more scenic trip to the summit would be taking the Violet Trail from the back side of the picnic area near the restrooms. The trail begins along the Mill River where you may find some people fishing or just hanging out and enjoying the sounds of the water going by. Here you will start to see evidence of the old Quarry that use to on at the first ridge, also known as the Giant's Head. As you move away from the river you will see ruins of the old quarry operations. Finally, you will emerge to the steep, cut our scalp of the Sleeping Giant. It is a stark contrast to see these ledges compared to the other side of the head. 

Continue past the quarry and the trail becomes a bit easier. If you would like to then continue to the Tower you will want to turn right onto the Red Triangle Trail. This trail is a bit more rough but will bring you out to the Tower Path. Continue on the Tower Path to the summit. 

Who is Going to Love It

With over 40 miles of trails Sleeping Giant State Park has many things to offer hikers of all levels.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

There are several parking lots, depending on which trail you would like to get on. Check out the Sleeping Giant Trail System map to find a trail and parking.

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New Haven, CT, 06518
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