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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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TripAdvisor
  • East Rock remains an ideal place to get a terrific panoramic view of New Haven - the univeristy, center city, steeples peeking over the fall foliage, the harbor and even Long Island on the horizon. Lo...  more »
  • If you are on a motorcycle it's a nice ride. Some cool hairpins toward the top, great view, some hiking trails, giant steps and sometimes a drum circle by the monument. 
  • 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...  more »
Google
  • A beautiful park with considerably well maintained trails. My main hike was from Wilbur Cross up the Giant's Stairs to the summit. A 20 minute hike, moderate difficult, with the last 1/8 of a mile being very, very steep. Be prepared if you're going to go up the Giant's Stairs. The view at the top is breathtaking and well worth the hike.
  • 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.
  • Fenced in playground @ cold spring and orange. Basketball court, swings and nature area. Fun for kids
  • Beautiful park with great views of New Haven. There is a lot of variety here as well. It's always full of people (but not too many).