Outdoor Destinations: Hammonasset Beach State Park

Many people know of Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, CT for having over 2 miles of beach. People from all over the state flock to Hammonasset each summer to enjoy the largest shoreline park in Connecticut. You can swim in Long Island Sound, relax on the beach, or take a stroll along the boardwalk.

Hammonasset is also known for its 550 camping sites. Camping isn’t limited to just tents. There are some sites that have electric and water hookups. If you’re really lucky you can get one of the two Rustic Cabins. These 14×17 foot cabins sleep up to 6 and give you a whole different experience. The camping area features a Camp Store and Bathhouses with hot showers. To make your camping experience even more unique the Friends of Hammonasset updated the Campers’ Playground recently. The updates include a fixed up horseshoe pit, new volleyball net, swings, and an Outdoor Fitness Circuit.


Baby terrapin photo by Ranger Russ


A real highlight to visiting Hammonasset is a trip to the Meigs Point Nature Center. The Nature Center is home to various native animals including those that have been injured and cannot live on their own in the wild. Visitors can get some hands on experience with the touch tank or visit resident Blue Jay, “Cutie,” that likes to mimic noises produced in the nature center. The Nature Center is open year round so you can stop in and visit.

During the off season Hammonasset is also a good outdoor destination to visit. They have open fields that are great for frisbees, kite flying, and ball sports. There are picnic tables and shaded pavilions for outings and a well maintained trail for walking and biking. It is also the home of our Run the Gauntlet obstacle race in September.

Amy Parulis

Amy is extremely fond of mountains and mud. She has hiked all of the 4000footers in New Hampshire and stood on the top of a steaming Mt. St. Helens. Between trips to New Hampshire Amy enjoys doing crazy athletic challenges her friends put her up to. She is a proud finisher of the Peak Races 50 mile ultramarathon and Ghost Train Trail 50k. Often found carrying bricks around for the fun of it and daydreaming about one day climbing Mt. Rainier, Amy pays the bills by doing social media and events for Trailblazer and Denali.

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