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Hammonasset Beach State Park

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Address: 1288 Boston Post Rd, South of I-95 Exit 62, Madison, CT 06443
Phone Number: 203-245-2785
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8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Sandy beach ideal for walking.

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Bird Watching

We walked on the nature trails and enjoyed the flowers and birds as well as the views. No fee for entry as it was off season. We then hiked the newest section of the Shoreline... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Barbara M
Ormond Beach, Florida
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Ormond Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We walked on the nature trails and enjoyed the flowers and birds as well as the views. No fee for entry as it was off season. We then hiked the newest section of the Shoreline Trail located on this same beach and adjacent land. Immaculate with stunning views.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

We enjoy visiting Hammonasset. It has a large beach area as well trails for walking. We like the boardwalk and just hanging out and relaxing. They have quite a few camping sites that are always being used.

Thank ct-cruisers
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Camping, biking, hiking, swimming, shelling, rock climbing, bird watching (very good - bring binoculars!), and more! Great place for big barbecue, many special events. They have a walking path that you do not need the pass to get into. Jogging. Rollerblading. Great place.

Thank Julia2005Southbury
Madison, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I walk almost every day somewhere at Hammonasset Beach State Park. Thousands enjoy the summer camping and 5 new rental cabins were added this year. Sunsets are magnificent, parking abundant, and the sandy shoreline extensive. There is something to see during all seasons. Right now (Dec.) the seals are visiting the rocks off Meigs Point - at low tide.

Thank GmaJean66
Haddam, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

I don't bother with sun-bathing or swimming - I come when it's free (after 6:30 p.m. during the summer, or any time during spring, fall or winter) to walk the path or to photograph wildlife. Also great for photographing the moon rise, although for that you must time it carefully - come the day BEFORE the full moon - the... More 

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Middletown, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Absolutely gorgeous for beaching, walking, biking, camping. Tons of parking. Plenty of small side paths to explore. Birds, bunnies, other wildlife. Decent bathrooms, too.

Thank BarbDG
falls church, va
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Lovely spot. Park your car and stroll with your dog. Best at sunset. Plenty of others around so you are not isolated

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Killingworth, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Hammonasset Beach State Park is a big, open space with terrific birdlife and a very beautiful beach. One end of the beach is rocky and hilly and the rest of it is a broad flat expanse with ever-changing clouds and light and waves. Out of season it is never crowded and aways beautiful.

Thank v0yageur22
Guilford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Went to the beach to just chill. Not too many people, great walking, lovely boardwalks. Going west in the park is more populated and it seems like the eastern section is more for nature lovers and locals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

This visit included plenty of hiking near Meig's Point; following the trails past the nature center lot, heading along trails that once housed the long term camping offered to families of days long ago. These old camping paved roads still are evident along the trail to the marshes where the grasses glow in soft golds, greens and brilliant reds. The... More 

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