Hammonasset State Park

Quick Facts

Hammonasset State Park

Connecticut

(203) 245-2785

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Things To Do

Overview

Connecticut's largest shoreline park offers a host of recreational opportunities, including the annual Thanksgiving Day "Turkey Trot" 5-mile road race and 2-mile fitness walk. The course takes participants through the beautiful grounds of this park, which contain wetlands, a nature preserve and over two miles of sandy beach. There is plenty for visitors to do at Hammonasset Beach State Park, thus making it the most-visited park in the state system. Over 1.5 million people ascend upon the park each year to enjoy swimming in the Sound, fishing from the jetties, strolling along the boardwalk, or camping at one of the 558 sites. Meigs Point Nature Center is a popular destination for programs and activities from Memorial Day through Labor Day, with limited operation in the off-season as well. An interpretive walkway around Meigs Point is a fascinating place to explore, with signs and plaques identifying the various plants and shrubs protected as a State Natural Area Preserve. Also protected are the more than 231 species of birds at the park, which are left with over 600 acres of undisturbed habitat among the park's 1,100 total acres.

Pets on a leash are permitted in picnic areas. Pets are not allowed on the beach or in the campground.

Map of Hammonasset (CT)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.261333, -72.553121

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Activities

  • Boating

    There is a carry in boat launch at Meigs Point for all boating enthusiasts with muscles to move your vessel.

  • Bicycling

    The park offers a bike path next to the main road along the beach.

  • Camping

    The Hammonasset Beach Campground is open for the season from May 21 through October 30 (daily) and includes 558 sites.

  • Fishing

    Hammonasset is a popular fishing park. The type of fish you will catch is dependent on when you visit the park. When the water begins to warm up in March you will begin to catch Flounder. As the season progresses the Flounder become more numerous and the Bluefish will begin to appear in small numbers. In May Mackerel will travel the area in schools and Blackfish will have appeared. Striped Bass will be around for some really good sport and really good eating too. All in all you may catch Skates, Eels, Sandsharks, Sea Robins, Cod, Snapper Blues, Weakfish as well.

  • Hiking

    With a very short nature hikes, the parks main attraction hike is that along the beach.

  • Historic Sites

    The Meigs Point Nature Center offers programs and activities for park visitors on a limited year round basis. The Center hours are 10am to 5pm Tuesday - Saturday, from Spring through October, and offer programs in the off-season (November through March) from 10am to 4pm on a limited basis.

  • Picnicking

    The park offers picnic tables, shelters, and bathrooms for a comfortable beach day picnic.

  • Water Sports

    Saltwater swimming is a great way to cool off on a hot Summer's day.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open from 8 am to sunset. When the campground is open (mid-May through October 31) the gates are monitored after sunset. Only campers, and fishermen with passes may enter the park. In the off-season, the gates are unlocked at 8:00 am and are locked at sunset.

Directions

Driving

From the north/Hartford area: take I-91 south to Route 9 south. Off Route 9, take Exit 9. Turn right (south) onto Route 81; continue down Route 81 until you run into I-95. Turn right onto I-95 entrance ramp and go approximately 1 mile to Exit 62, then turn left off the exit. Head south 1 mile down Hammonasset connector, go straight through the light crossing Route 1 (Boston Post Road) into the park. From the south area: take I-95 north, Exit 62. Take a right off the exit ramp onto Hammonasset I-95 connector. Park entrance will be 1 mile ahead. From the east/Rhode Island area: take I-395 south onto I-95 south, Exit 62. Take a left off the exit and go approximately 1 mile. Go straight through the traffic light crossing Route 1 (Boston Post Road). From the west/New York area: take I-95 north, Exit 62. Take a right off the exit and go approximately 1 mile. Go straight through the traffic light crossing Route 1 (Boston Post Road) into the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(203) 245-2785

Campground reservations

(203) 245-1817

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