The Sleeping Giant Park Association
Protecting and Caring for the Park Since 1924
The Sleeping Giant Park Association (SGPA) was formed in 1924 to acquire land on and around the series
of ridges in Mount Carmel, Connecticut known as the Sleeping Giant for use as a state park. SGPA is an
all-volunteer organization whose mission is to protect and enlarge Sleeping Giant State Park. SGPA maintains
over thirty miles of trails in the park, sponsors over 15 guided hikes each year, acquires land to add to the park,
publishes the Giant News, a newsletter about the Giant, prints and distributes
trail maps and maintains a self-guided nature trail with printed guide. Links to these and
other activities as well as more information about the Giant and SGPA
can be found in the list to the left below.
The entrance to Sleeping Giant State Park is opposite Quinnipiac University on
Mount Carmel Avenue about 1/2 mile east
of Whitney Avenue (Rte. 10) in northern Hamden, Connecticut.
Click here for a map and detailed driving instructions.
Time for Renewal
Our members should soon receive the annual membership renewal mailing. Please take a
moment out of your busy schedule to renew your membership. Thanks to the generosity
of friends of the Giant and the hard work of SGPA volunteers, we have kept our dues
very low. The value you get from your membership is helping to protect our park. A
strong membership assures that our voice will be heard. With the holiday season upon
us, remember that SGPA membership makes a great gift. This is also a
good time to consider becoming a life member – then you won’t ever have to remember
to renew your membership. Gifts to the land fund are always welcome.
Renew on line:
This Year you can renew your memebership, join or send a gift membership on line using PayPal!
On Line Membership Renewal
Giant Hikes for the Holidays
Join us on Sunday, December 8 for our annual Holiday Hike and Social. We will have a short hike leaving from the kiosk near the main parking lot
at 1:30 pm and then gather at the pavillion for treats, a nice warm fire and some seasonal songs.
On New Year's Day we will meet a the kiosk at 1:30 pm for our annual New Year's Day Hike. Join us and "Start the New Year on the Right Foot."
SGPA 2014 Hiking Schedule Available
The 2014 SGPA Hiking Schedule is now available: 2014 Hiking Schedule.
All hikes are open to the public and free. Joins us to learn something about the Giant and it's natural features, to hike with other Giant enthusiasts, and to get some healthy outdoor exercise.
New Trading Post Items
Check out the new T-shirt design with a color image of the Giant in fall colors and the bandanna with the Giant trail map printed on it. These make perfect gifts!
Giant News Index Now Online
You remember there was that nice article in the Giant News but you don't recall what issue. Problem solved! We now have an index covering all 104 issues.
Giant News Index.
If you would like to make a donation to the Sleeping Giant Park Association to help preserve and enlarge the park you can print
this form. Donations in memory or in honor of another person may be made
using the same form.
We gratefully acknowledge gifts from friends of the Giant to honor a special person or
occasion. For details, click here.
Recently the Giant lost several friends and supporters. We gratefully acknowledge all
those who made donations to SGPA in their memory. For details,