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East Rock Park, New Haven

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East Rock Park is a park in the city of New Haven and the town of Hamden, Connecticut that is operated as a New Haven city park. The park surrounds and includes the mountainous ridge named East Rock and was developed with naturalistic landscaping. The entire 427acre park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.DescriptionEast Rock is a popular outdoor recreation destination among residents and visitors of the greater New Haven region. Views from the clifftops span metropolitan New Haven, Long Island Sound, and Long Island. The park is open year round to hikers and walkers. The automobile road is open April 1 to November 1, 8 a.m. to sunset and November 1 to March 31, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. Activities permitted in the park include hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, picnicking, bicycling (on roads and city-designated mountain bike trails only), boating (on the Mill River), bird watching, and dog walking. Rock climbing, swimming, and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. A number of hiking trails traverse the ridge, most notably the Giant Steps Trail which ascends to the summit at a near-vertical pitch from the south. At the foot of the mountain are located football, baseball, and soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and playgrounds. The Trowbridge Environmental Center is open Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and at least one Saturday a month for public programs; it offers displays and information about the geology and ecosystem of East Rock. The Pardee Rose Garden and Greenhouse features roses and other flowering plants from spring to fall, and is a popular place to shoot wedding pictures.
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  • I was traveling solo in the area and wanted to hike during the time I was visiting. I was happy to have found East Rock Park and enjoyed a beautiful morning there. I hiked various levels of trails, fr...  more »
  • Arrived about 9.00am, sadly too late on a very hot day to see many warblers. Nevertheless it is a lovely park to walk round with or without birds.  more »
  • This place is a very good place to end a tiring week at work, I was heading to NYC using the train and ended up there :) Parking spots are limited (cars are no longer allowed up there) due to a single...  more »
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  • East Rock Park is a great getaway without having to go very far! It covers quite a large area on a ridge overlooking New Haven and Long Island Sound and includes miles of hiking trails, picnic grounds and overlooks of the city and the water from a bird's eye view. Encompassed within the boundary of the park but on the other side of the Mill River from most of the rest of the park, is the Eli Whitney Museum and a quaint and unusual old covered bridge. A lovely place to spend a few hours!
  • It's a national park. I think it would need more landscaping, more entertainment for kids (we couldn't find a playground for our little 4 ys old!) Signals are not good. Just a nice placed to take a picture on the top with the city back to you but nothing else. Trails for walking your dog are ok
  • There''s 2 big parks in New Haven, and this is the better one. The Giant Steps are a pretty good workout, and the trails that run along the river are very relaxing
  • The view from the summit is amazing. Take something to munch, lie down on, and a nice book on a nice sunny day and you should be all set.
  • I love this park so much! There are trails and beautiful trees and also swans during the fall.