You Might Not Realize This Secret Island State Park In Connecticut Exists
Connecticut has many incredible state parks. Places like the shoreline oasis of
Rocky Neck or the waterfall wonderland of Devil’s Hopyard attract visitors year round. Our state parks are stunning natural areas stashed all throughout the Nutmeg State. But one secret state park is not nearly as well known even though it’s just as remarkable.
Selden Neck State Park is a roadless, uninhabited, 607 acre island in the lower Connecticut River just south of Gillette Castle State Park. One reason why this park remains an undiscovered gem is it's only accessible by boat.
Selden Neck was cut off from the mainland in the 1850s. Bordered by Selden Creek to the east and the Connecticut River to the west, the island is approximately 1/2 mile wide and 1 1/2 miles long.
The unspoiled island is home to several hiking trails. The island paths wander through lush vegetation leading a former quarry site and the remains of an old farm homestead.
You can also spend the night on the island at one of four primitive campsites. Sleep under the stars right on the riverbank at this isolated park.
The river campsites are available for a one night stay from May 1 through September 30. Reservations must be made in advance
While Selden Neck might not be the most popular state park in Connecticut, it is a gorgeous untouched gem. Enjoy a trip down the river and make a pit stop at this secret state park.
Learn more about this state park on the Connecticut River in Lyme by visiting the Connecticut DEEP
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