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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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  • Great neighborhood park- playground and river views and East Rock ....great for dog walking and meeting other neighbors, soccer games most weekends....walk along the river or canoeing...very scenic vi...  more »
  • We went here in early November. Even though it was a foggy and rainy day, it was still quite beautiful! The fall foliage was beautiful to see driving up the windy mountain. There was a covered pavilio...  more »
  • It is a place for walking and hiking make. Very nice landscapes and viewpoints. The Mill river is also atratactivo.
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  • What a great place for a nice hike! There are trails and also a paved road. There are also other people hiking as well so you are not completely secluded. At the top there are pavilions and grilling areas. Overall a very nice park hiking experience!
  • Excellent please to let go on stress and just enjoy nature.. (I just wish people that goes there to cook out pick up trash) place it’s pretty but yesterday we saw 3 families using the grills, there-was papers plates, napkins on the floor they do not clean up... !!! Please be Kind. Respect this wonderful place keep it clean
  • Great park for hiking, walking, running, biking, and dogs. Best views in the city at the top. Careful of the cars when walking on the road, they tend to drive too fast for a pedestrian heavy area.
  • This amazing park has a playground, a river, a small mountain you can climb. There are different routes for running inside East Rock Park, places to play basketball etc. Everyone of all ages can enjoy this place.
  • Such a beautiful view of the entire city, great spot for taking pictures, go jogging, bike, be with your family and friends. Those are some pictures I took from there
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