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


Interested in helpting to preserve the natural diversity of your park? Join us on Sunday, March 25, for our first Invasive Species Control work party of this year. We meet at the kiosk at 1:30 pm. Check our Invasive Species Control work party dates for other days.

You can now renew or purchase a new membership online at: Online Membership

The weather may questionable and you want to know if a hike is still on - check out our new Updates and Breaking News Page for this information and other "hot" news.

How many times have you hiked the Tower Path? You might discover some new things along the way with the Tower Trail Quest - the form is linked here Give it a try!

Want to help preserve biodiversity on the Giant? Join us on a Sunday afternoon to help control invasive species. Check the schedule under "Invasive Species Control" in the table at the left.

April on the Giant
Click here to visit the Giant picture-of-the-month archive

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, click here.