One the Road: East Rock, New Haven Connecticut

Filed in Gather Travel Essential by on August 14, 2009 0 Comments

I’ve driven I-95 along the Boston-New York corridor many times, and I was always a bit curious about the monument visible atop a set of tall cliffs just north of New Haven Connecticut. So, when I recently dropped a friend off in that area and found myself at the foot of those very cliffs I decided to explore a bit.

The site is East Rock Park, part of New Haven’s city park system. There is a road that leads up to the summit, which is closed during the winter months but otherwise available for driving up to the top of East Rock. There are also trails for hiking and biking. I had limited time, so I drove up and parked at the summit.

The view of New Haven is impressive, even on a slightly hazy day.

That was looking south at the center of the city. Here is the view east toward the harbor.

And another look at the New Haven port facilities and I-95.

On top of East Rock is the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

The monument is 112 feet high.

It honors citizens of New Haven who gave their lives in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the Civil War.

Each side bears inscriptions dedicated to specific battles in those conflicts. Unfortunately, there was construction work going on when I visited so this was as close to the monument as I could get.

A full list of the inscriptions can be found on the monument’s Wikipedia entry.

It’s hard to get a good look at the red-brown cliffs of East Rock from the top. Here are a couple of shots of some of the rocks that were visible.

You can see one of the bike trails below this cliff.

And here’s a view looking down on the bridge over the Mill River.

This park is definitely worth exploring on foot. Hopefully I’ll get back here for some hiking at some point.

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