Stoddard Hill State Park
Stoddard Hill State Park is a small, 55 acre park in Ledyard. The entranceway leads to a parking area that has a ramp for car-top boat launching on the five-acre tidal estuary. The park boasts nearly 2,000 feet of frontage on, and access to, the Thames River, though access to the river is under the railroad bridge which could have restricted use during high tides. While most activity is down by the water, the park's high point of 183 feet above sea level can be reached via a trail from the parking area. The trail leads to the top which was once an Indian lookout during times of conflict. Look for the stone walled Stoddard family cemetery in the woods 500 feet north (upstream) from the parking area.
Car-top and carry-in boating is a great activity on the Thames River. The park offers a paved boat ramp for an easy in and an easy out. On the Thames River, there is a 6 MPH limit within 200 feet of any dock, pier or wharf.
No information could be found concerning camping at Stoddard Hill State Park, so check with the ranger, before planning your camping trip.
Stoddard Hill State Park offers beautiful scenery for a picnic in nature.
1. From Stoddards Wharf Rd, CT, head west on CT-214/Stoddards Wharf Rd toward Avery Hill Rd/Avery Hill Road Ext go 1.4 mi/ 2. Turn right at CT-12/Rte 12 go 0.5 mi.