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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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  • There is nothing like sitting on the top of eat rock and looking out over all of new haven. it is truly truly breathtaking. the hike itself isn't bad, not very hard but the view you get form the top i...  read more »
  • East rock was the destination of my morning bike rides to get my day started. At sunset it also gives you a wonderful view over the city and with the port in the far distance a lovely spot to end your...  read more »
  • Should be better kept by state.The veiws and history are amazing. Unfortunately, not many places to park and picnic tables scarce. someone should fine all the litterers! 
  • Perfect place to sit on the edge of the rock and overlook the downtown New Haven. If you are feeling adventurous, take off the main path explore the walking trail; outstanding scenery. The only downside is that trashes and bottles are everywhere. It can only be kept clean by people cleaning up after themselves.
  • Wonderful place to visit... you can hike from the entrance down below, but I drove to the top and hiked down... then back up. Really enjoyed my visit here at East Rock Park. The Soldier & Sailor Monument at the top.... along with the Vista view of New Haven was awesome.
  • Great park, very clean. Has nice trails that wrap around whole park and go up east rock. Beautiful view of the city from the top.
  • This place is awsome! Great for a healthy walk, jog or hike. Great for pets too. You can drive or walk up the mountain!
  • Great place for a quick hike. Take the giant steps on the south side for a more strenuous route. Good view of the city.
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