East Rock Park, New Haven, CT. From Davis Street, take the first left turn onto the Summit Drive.
The Summit of East Rock is accessible by foot, bicycle or car and affords visitors a spectacular view of downtown New Haven, New Haven Harbor, Long Island Sound, and surrounding communities. It is a favorite tourist stop in New Haven. Shown is the attached photo is a rather stately monument dedicated to sailors and soldiers.
East Rock Park is open year round to hikers and walkers. There is a fairly challenging hikers trail on the face of the overlook. The automobile road is open April 1 to November 1, 8 a.m. to sunset and November 1 to March 31, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. Those hours are subject to change.
East Rock is a fault-block ridge formed 200 million years ago during the Triassic and Jurassic periods and is composed of trap rock.
I’ve only been here twice in the past (10) years so I don’t know what types of “visitors” you might expect to see here at different days and times. I stopped by midweek around 2:00 in the afternoon. There was probably around (30-40) people here consisting of men, women, and family’s (pretty typical crowed is what I’m trying to get at). There was even a pass through from a New Haven Police cruiser. So I felt reasonably safe.
However, if you’re planning to visit remember this can be a rather isolated place on the side of a steep cliff. So exercise some common sense.