Trip Planner:   USA  /  Connecticut  /  New Haven  /  Parks  /  East Rock Park

East Rock Park, New Haven

4.5
#8 of 31 in Things to do in New Haven
Nature / Park
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.
Using our online itinerary creator, New Haven attractions like East Rock Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Source
Create an itinerary including East Rock Park
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
123 reviews
Google
4.6
  • This offers a great view of the city below and New Haven Harbor in the distance. We didn't have time but there are several trails throughout the park's wooded hillside, that look like they would offer...  more »
  • If you are in the New Haven area stop by and enjoy the panoramic views! Took my family and we all loved it!  more »
  • This seems to be the highest point in the immediate vicinity. The views of downtown and Long Island Sounds are worth the visit. Unfortunately, we were there on a slightly overcast day. Even so the vie...  more »
Google
  • 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.

Plan your trip to New Haven

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in New Haven

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in New Haven by other users

3 days in Connecticut BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Connecticut BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in United States BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA January, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in United States BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS January, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in New Haven BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Connecticut BY A USER FROM CANADA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in New Haven BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in United States BY A USER FROM GERMANY October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in United States BY A USER FROM GERMANY October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in New Haven BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in New Haven BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Connecticut BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans