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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.
East 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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  • Nice place! But it is difficult to access for those who are on foot... I also found that there is a little signaling missing. Despite this, it is worth the visit by the landscape!
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  • Amazing view. We brought food and ate at the top. Nice Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. Free so it is family and budget friendly. Lots of grassy areas and places to explore.  more »
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  • The park is quiet and overlooks New Haven. In the day, it seems to be safe as many people are jogging and walking their dogs. But it seems like it could be dangerous at night. The view of New Haven would.be so much more impressive during the fall with the leaves changing color.
  • I loved that the road to the monument was paved and easily drivable but the yellow trail was not marked very well. We spent just as much time looking for markers as we did hiking... The white trail was fairly well marked

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