Connecticut June 07, 2019
8 Connecticut Beach Hikes That Will Change The Way You See The Shore
Connecticut has miles and miles of shoreline. Taking a walk on the beach is a privilege that we’ve come to love. But not all walks along our stunning coast are simple sandy strolls. Check out these incredible beach hikes to give you a new perspective on the shore.
1. Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison
Hammonasset Beach is Connecticut's longest beach and you can walk two miles of beachfront. But don't miss out on the opportunity to take a stroll behind the dunes. The flat winding paths are lined with beach flowers and give a unique look at the coast. Address: 1288 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443.
2. Silver Sands State Park, Milford
Silver Sands State Park is known for its sparkling white sand but we like hiking along the boardwalk even more. Connecting Silver Sands to its neighboring Walnut Beach, this boardwalk is one of the most scenic spots on the shore. Address: 1 Silver Sands Parkway, Milford, CT 06460.
3. Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme
Combine a beach walk with a woodland trail at Rocky Neck State Park. Stroll along the water's edge and then head under the tree canopy to explore the wooded portion of the 708-acre park. Address: 244 West Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357.
4. Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford
It will be hard to decide where to begin your excursion at Harkness Memorial State Park. Take a hike along the short 1/4-mile beach for a blend of sand and rock. Then venture into the elegant gardens that overlook the waterfront. Address: 275 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT 06385.
5. Niantic Bay Boardwalk, Niantic
Universally accessible, Niantic Bay Boardwalk is a wonderful spot to take in the Sound. Enjoy the sights from the boardwalk or descend into the sand and hike at the water's edge. Address: 30 Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357.
6. Sherwood Island State Park, Westport
Sherwood Island State Park has two beaches to explore with pathways to connect them creating a one-mile journey along the shore. You'll also want to stop by the 9/11 Memorial when you visit this park. Address: Sherwood Island Connector, Westport, CT 06880.
7. Bluff Point State Park, Groton
The 800-acre preserve at Bluff Point State Park is a true treasure. Enjoy water views, wildlife, and a crescent-shaped beach with over five miles to hike. Address: 55 Depot Road, Groton, CT 06340.
8. Greenwich Point Park, Greenwich
Greenwich Point Park is popular for its sandy beach but the walking trails are equally delightful. Don't forget your camera, you'll definitely want to capture the breathtaking landscape here. Address: 7 Tods Driftway, Old Greenwich, CT 06870.
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