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. If you have questions about SGPA email us at Contact SGPA

About The Giant

More About SGPA


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Projects

Giant News

SGPA on Facebook

2018 Hiking Schedule

Giant Master Program

Trail Maintenance

Invasive Species Control

Butterfly Garden

Land Acquisition

Trading Post

List of Species Found on the Giant

Trail Map

Best Printed on Legal Size Paper

Color Trail Map

Fits Letter Size Paper

DEEP Trail Map with distances

Cross Country Ski Trail

Guide to the Geology of the Sleeping Giant State Park
pdf - 8.1 MB

Nature Trail Guide
pdf - 780k


To all the Giantís friends: We are all devastated by the damage to our beautiful park caused by the tornado and we want to help restore our park as soon as possible. Please note that for your safety the state has closed the park. The force of the storm has left many unstable trees that pose life threatening hazards. The park staff, state workers and hired professionals face a huge and dangerous task to clear the debris and open the park again. While the park is closed you can help the professionals by staying away and not distracting them from their work.

You can also help by becoming an SGPA member if you have not joined yet. You can join online here Online Membership or by printing a paper form and mailing it in Membership Form, You can also make a donation to help with the restoration of our beautiful park. You can donate online at our FaceBook site SGPA on Facebook (note: you do not have to join FaceBook) or you can print the paper donation form and mail it to us donation form.

We will post the latest news on our FaceBook page SGPA on Facebook and at Updates and Breaking News Page. If you have ideas or want to volunteer please feel free to leave a comment on FaceBook or email us at Contact SGPA. Note that all SGPA activities in the park (trails crew work, invasive species work parties, butterfly garden maintenance and scheduled hikes) are canceled until the park reopens. The SGPA directors want to express their gratitude for all the generous offers of support we have received.

July on the Giant
Photo by Julie Hulten