Windsor Meadows State Park

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Windsor Meadows State Park

Connecticut

(860) 424-3200

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Overview

Windsor Meadows State Park is a unique and quiet refuge along the Connecticut River just a few miles north of Hartford. It offers 155 acres of Connecticut River woodlands as well as the Bissell Bridge Boat Launch and the entrance and terminus of the Bissell Bridge Walkway Trail. The Walkway connects Windsor to the large system of multi-use trails in Manchester and East Hartford. Dutch explorer Adrian Block, the first European explorer of the river to travel as far inland as Hartford, passed this area in 1614. The park is open from 8 am to sunset. Pets on a maximum seven foot leash are permitted.

Map of Windsor Meadows (CT)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.818432, -72.645369

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Activities

  • Boating

    The Bissell Bridge Boat Launch features a concrete ramp and 22 trailer-length paved parking spaces with much additional parking for single length vehicles. It is a popular location for boaters and fishermen, accessible year-round. Note speed limits and other regulations.

  • Fishing

    The Connecticut River is a great place to fish, and there are a lot of options with the boat launch into the river. Call 860-424-3105 for permit information and regulations.

  • Hiking

    With 140 acres of undeveloped land as well as the Bissell Bridge Walkway Trail, there are plenty of beautiful trails to hike. Woodlands dominate the landscape today just as they did centuries ago.

  • Historic Sites

    Except for the three acres that make up the parking area and boat launch, and a handful of acres leased to agriculture, this park offers much the same riparian environment that the Dutch explorer Adrian Block experienced in 1614. Aboard his ship, the 42-foot, 16-ton Onrust (Restless) he became the first European explorer of the river to travel as far inland as Hartford. It is likely he ventured as far as the rapids to the north, passing this site along the way, 52 miles above Long Island Sound. As it was in Block's time, the woodlands dominate the landscape today. The floodplain soils of the lower park elevations are renewed every year and are very fertile. Indeed it was reported by Block that the Indians along the river were growing Maize at the time of his visit indicating that some aspects of this location have not changed much in the nearly four centuries since he passed by.

  • Picnicking

    Several picnic tables, a grassy lawn and a small handicapped accessible pavilion serves both the Bissell Bridge Walkway trailhead and the parking area.

Directions

Driving

Boat launch and trail head parking are located on East Barber Street in the Wilson section of Windsor.

From I-91 South: Take exit 35B and go left (east) onto Route 218. Follow for ½ mile and turn right onto Windsor Avenue (Route 159). Follow for 3/10 mile and turn left onto East Barber Street. Parking is at the end of street.

From I-91 North: Take exit 35A-35B and follow Route 218. At end of exit go right (east) on Route 218 for 4/10 mile and turn right onto Windsor Avenue (Route 159). Follow for 3/10 mile and turn left onto East Barber Street. Parking is at the end of street.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(860) 424-3200

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