Haley Farm State Park

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Haley Farm State Park

Connecticut

(860) 444-7591

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Overview

Connecticut's first governor, John Winthrop Jr., owned part of the farm in 1648. Over the years the land passed through various hands, including the Chester family in the 18th century, whose headstones are still on the property. When Caleb Haley owned and farmed the land in the late 19th to 20th centuries, he had a very unique hobby , the building of stone walls. Boulders found on the property were extracted and placed by an ox drawn stone-puller. The walls separated a number of pastures. Some remains of the farm's buildings are still visible near the entrance of the park. In 1963 efforts to protect the farm from being sold to developers began. The State of Connecticut agreed to match funds raised for the purchase of the farm. The Groton Open Space Commission led a successful fund raising effort that led to the purchase of the property. Haley Farm became an official Connecticut State Park in July of 1970.

The park has been preserved as open space and is used for passive recreational purposes. A 0.8 mile bike trail winds its way through the scenic old shoreline farm. The Haley Farm Bike Trail, which is wheelchair accessible, is part of a 7 1/2 mile town-owned bikeway routed from Mystic to Groton on local roadways.

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Latitude, Longitude: 41.331481, -72.011036

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    An 0.8 mile bike trail winds its way through the scenic old shoreline farm. The Haley Farm Bike Trail, which is wheelchair accessible, is part of a 7 1/2 mile town-owned bikeway routed from Mystic to Groton on local roadways.

  • Hiking

    There are soil foot paths throughout the park allow you to enjoy a hike while taking in the farm scenery that is natural and man-made remnants.

  • Historic Sites

    Check out evidence of when Caleb Haley owned and farmed the land in the late 19th to 20th centuries. He had a very unique hobby which can be seen throughout the park: the building of stone walls. Boulders found on the property were extracted and placed by an ox drawn stone-puller. The walls separated a number of pastures. Some remains of the farm's buildings are still visible near the entrance of the park.

  • Horseback Riding

    No information was found concerning the rules and regulation of horses, so make sure you call ahead before bringing your equine friend.

  • Winter Sports

    Snowshoe or cross country ski the trail in the Winter.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open from 8 am to sunset.

Directions

Driving

Coming from I-95 North: Take Exit 88. Turn left onto SR117 South. Turn left at the end onto Route 1 North. Turn right onto SR 215 (4th light). Take the first right onto Brook Street. Take the first right onto Haley Farm Lane. Coming from I-95 South: Take Exit 88. Turn right onto SR117 South. Turn left at the end onto Route 1 North. Turn right onto SR 215 (4th light). Take the first right onto Brook Street. Take the first right onto Haley Farm Lane.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(860) 444-7591

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