Bluff Point State Park

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Bluff Point State Park

Connecticut

(860) 444-7591

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Overview

As the last remaining significant piece of undeveloped land along the Connecticut coastline, Bluff Point State Park in Groton is a wooded peninsula that juts out into waters of Long Island Sound. It was designated a Coastal Reserve in 1975 to preserve the land and protect the high number of endangered and threatened species that inhabit the area. Measuring one and one-half miles long by one mile wide and encompassing over 800 acres, Bluff Point is a park rich with diverse biological communities. The bluff itself contains an upland forest that affords lovely wooded trails for hiking and biking. Traveling down to the point, the view broadens to expose magnificent sights of the Sound. From the point, a tombolo or sandspit extends forming a beach of nearly one mile in length and terminating in a small, rocky island called Bushy Point. This area caps off the Poquonnock River, a shallow estuary where shellfish and wading birds such as herons, egrets and cormorants can be found. A wide variety of fish populations such as bluefish, flounder and striped bass inhabit the areas around Bluff Point, making it a prime destination for anglers. Because of its Coastal Reserve designation, access to the bluff is by foot or non-motorized vehicle only. Pets on a leash are permitted.

Map of Bluff Point (CT)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.326300, -72.035767

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Activities

  • Boating

    Paddling Bluff Point State Park will assure you an amazing adventure. You can paddle up beyond the railroad bridge to the north (about 1/3 mile) and down to Bushy Point Beach (about 1 1/4 miles).

  • Bicycling

    Mountain biking Bluff Point State Park is an amazing way to spend your day. The park consists of two main dirt roads that connect the parking lot with the point. Along the roads, especially the higher road, you can find some single track trails. There aren't a lot of single track miles, but the trails that are there, combined with the unique scenery make this ride well worth it.

  • Fishing

    The Long Island Sound makes for excellent saltwater fishing as well as shellfish fishing.

  • Hiking

    Bluff Point State Park offers a unique look at uninhabited Connecticut with breath-taking hikes. Here you can scale lofty bluffs, hike through delightful oceanside forests, and run along a sand spit that stretches half a mile into the bay.

  • Horseback Riding

    Bring your horse and enjoy a loop with views of Long Island Sound and beach rides.

  • Picnicking

    Bluff Point State Park is a perfect place for a picnic. The park offers picnic tables with beautiful views of the water.

  • Winter Sports

    Take a winter hike with your snowshoes or cross country skis.

Seasonality/Weather

Bluff Point Coastal Reserve State Park reach the 80's F while overnight lows are typically in the 60's F. The wintertime brings highs down to the 30's F; after the sun is down through the wintertime temperatures at Bluff Point Coastal Reserve State Park plunge into the 10's F.

Directions

Driving

Coming from I-95 North: Take exit 88. Turn right onto SR 117 South. Turn right at the end onto Route 1 South. Take a left at the first light onto Depot Road. Park entrance is at the end of the road. Coming from I-95 South: Take exit 88. Turn left onto SR 117 South. Turn right at the end onto Route 1 South. Take a left at the first light onto Depot Road. Park entrance is at the end of the road.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(860) 444-7591

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