Size: 598 acres
Owner: Meriden Land Trust, CT
Difficulty: Range Easy-Strenuous
Entrance Fee: N/A
With an original mission to become a “Gateway to Nature,” Giuffrida Park has fulfilled its goal. This peaceful park in Meriden provides visitors of all abilities ways to experience and enjoy nature. Those looking for serenity can find a spot beside Crescent Lake along its loop trail. Meanwhile, adventure-seekers can challenge themselves with a difficult climb up Chauncey Peak, which offers incredible panoramic views. Giuffrida Park also grants access to Lamentation Mountain, and hikers can conquer sections of the Mattabesett as well. Each season at Giuffrida offers something different, and it is worth revisiting if given the opportunity.
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“The State of Connecticut manages somewhere in the range of 130 parks, trails, forests, and wildlife management areas, each of which offers its own unique geography and history. But Connecticut’s full range of protected land includes myriad parks administered by local government, local and international land trusts, and even the federal government!”
The 50-mile long Mattabesett Trail follows the Metacomet Ridge through Central Connecticut. Designated as a National Scenic Trail, the Mattabesett traverses traprock cliffs while providing some of the best views in Connecticut. Perhaps one of the greatest sections of the trail is the hike up Mount Higby in Middletown.
Giuffrida Park Trail Map + Descriptions
Meriden Land Trust
Giuffrida Park Trail Map
South Central Regional Council