Edgewood Park - Trail Running

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Surprisingly wild-feeling hiking in the middle of New Haven.

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Meredith Zolty


2.4 miles

The park is half a mile long and contains over two miles of trails. The official park map breaks the trails down in quarter-mile segments.

Destination Distance From Downtown

1.8 miles


1 of 5 diamonds

Most trails are packed dirt with gentle hills and occasional gravel.

Time To Complete

1 hours

The park has several short trails - at a casual pace you can walk all of them in about an hour. From the parking lot to the wetlands overlook platform is about a 20 minute walk.


All Seasons

The wetland area is very buggy in summer.

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Dogs must be on-leash throughout the park except in the Enclosed Dog Run.

Topographical Map

Edgewood Park - Map

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Edgewood Park



Edgewood Park packs an impressive number of amenities into a few square blocks of urban space. The park features over two miles of hiking trails, a wetlands viewing platform, a large skate park, basketball and tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, a playground and sprinkler area for kids, and an enclosed dog run.  The park has six ponds.

What Makes It Great

This park has everything you might think to look for in an urban park, plus woodland and wetland hiking. Traffic sounds fade away as you stroll the well-marked trails.

The White Loop passes six small ponds, quickly transitioning from woods to meadows to wetlands to soccer fields and back again. There are occasional signs with information about the plants and animals you may see. The Blue Trails cross West River with small footbridges.

Despite the popularity of the park, it's easy to feel like you're alone in the woods.

The City of New Haven offers Ranger programs in the park - see website for schedules.

Who is Going to Love It

New Haven residents, families, dog lovers, and hikers who don't have the time or physical ability to climb nearby West Rock.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Parking lots are accessible from West Rock Avenue and Whalley Avenue. The park is served by five bus stops on Whalley Avenue and Edgewood Avenue. There are restrooms near the skate park and the playground. An emergency call box is located at the Coogan Pavillion.

Lower West River is available for canoeing and fishing (license required). Fishing is also permitted in Duck Pond. Swimming is prohibited.

Open all year, sunrise to sunset.

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Edgewood Park

52 Grand Ave
New Haven, CT, 06513
41.30944, -72.88991

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