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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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  • Easy access, and the vision of the top is wonderful, it pays to park the car and go for a caminhadinha.
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  • It is a popular Park in New Haven. At the top there is a war memorial and offers a decent view. It is full of people that goes there to run
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  • It is a nice view at the top of New Haven and beyond, but check the weather first to ensure a clear day with the hopes to see Long Island in the far distance. It is also a nice drive but watch for hik...  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!
  • East Rock Park is a great place to hike, run, picnic, play ball, it's a great park. It's a great place to bring a camera because it over looks Long Island Sound. I love all the Wildlife. I have had lime disease twice already so I'm not hiking much this year.
  • 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
  • If you like hiking, biking, or simply barbecuing with the family, you will like this place. It also offers a spectacular view of the city.
  • Good place to spend time with family or friends you have to hike it up or down or both great exercise if you have a 🐕 he or she will have just as much fun.

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