Sleeping Giant State Park, boasting 1,500 acres of basaltic traprock ridges, rises prominently above neighboring fields and suburbs six miles north of New Haven. The park is best known for its shape: hills resembling a recumbent giant that, according to Native American legend, is the evil spirit Hobbomock. In spring, its trails are graced with columbine, fringed polygala, dwarf ginseng and many more wildflowers. In wetter areas you’ll see ferns, marsh marigold and perhaps golden saxifrage. This four-mile hike is moderate to strenuous; bring lunch and plenty of water, and wear foot gear suitable for rocky trails. Co-sponsored with the New England Wild Flower Society.
Pre-registration required; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructor: Ted Elliman, Senior Botanist, New England Wild Flower Society
Fee: $23 members, $28 nonmembers