NOTICE: Amplified music, bounce houses and other play equipment are NOT ALLOWED. Electricity is not available at the shelter. Please call the park directly, before making a reservation, if you have questions regarding other rules and regulations. Additional information can also be found at:


700-acre Rocky Neck State Park features 1/2 mile of crescent-shaped sandy beach. Rocky Neck's varied terrain offers something for everyone. Clear waters and the stone-free beach with expanses of white sand make it ideal for swimming. Diverse trails within the park provide easy...
Status: Open through Tue Nov 11 2014   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Sun Sep 20 2015   Later Dates


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You can now make a reservation for the day before your arrival and up until 11 months in advance.

Please be aware that on busy days the park may close because it is at maximum capacity. It is advised that all in your party arrive between 8 and 10 am.

NOTE: All Parking fees are additional and will be collected on arrival at the gate.

Additional information can be found at the following address.

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Explore the natural and cultural histories of Connecticut State Parks and Forests through interpretation! Interpretive events are listed on the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection's website. Take a hike, meet a snake, learn about forest heroes, and more! Follow this link to the DEEP's Calendar of Events. Perform a "Keyword" search for this park/forest and then join a program. Additional programs may be offered, so be sure to check with the campground staff. For additional information please call the DEEP Division of State Parks at 860-424-3200. Find interpretive programs: NO PETS ALLOWED IN PARK

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700-acre Rocky Neck State Park features 1/2 mile of crescent-shaped sandy beach. Rocky Neck's varied terrain offers something for everyone. Clear waters and the stone-free beach with expanses of white sand make it ideal for swimming. Diverse trails within the park provide easy and interesting walks to the scenic salt marsh and to such points of interest as Baker's Cave, Tony's Nose and Shipyard. Picnickers enjoy the large stone pavilion. Bounded on the west by a tidal river and to the east by a broad salt marsh, Rocky Neck was known to both Indians and colonists as a place of abundant fish and wildlife, and today, the large marine estuary that bisects the park provides saltwater fishing opportunities, and high spring tides allow schools of alewives (herring) to swim into Bride Brook, toward inland spawning grounds. Osprey, cranes, and herons wade among cattails and rose mallow, and fishermen may catch mackerel, striped bass, blackfish, or flounder.


Located on Long Island Sound in the town of East Lyme, 710-acre Rocky Neck is a popular recreation spot. The public now enjoys use of the park because of a few farsighted conservationists who secured the land in 1931, using their personal funds until the State Legislature authorized its purchase. In the 1930's, relief agencies constructed the curved masonry building of native materials and crafted supporting pillars with wood cut from each of the state parks and forests.


There are 5 miles of hiking trails on the western side of the park, as well as ocean-side picnic areas. Other activities include a wildlife viewing platform, interpretive programs, scuba diving, saltwater swimming and fishing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, rollerblading, and camping.


The camping season begins in May and ends September 30. Additional park facilities include restrooms, food concessions, group picnic pavilions, picnic tables, restrooms, drinking water, paved and gravel parking, and pay telephones.

Nearby Attractions:

Nearby attractions include Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve, Devil's Hopyard State Park, Haley Farm State Park, Hammonasset Beach State Park, and Harkness Memorial State Park.

Booking Window
Mon Oct 27 2014 - Sun Sep 20 2015

Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 11 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Walk In Wed Sep 03 2014 Tue Nov 11 2014
Walk In Wed Apr 01 2015 Fri May 22 2015
Peak Sat May 23 2015 Mon Sep 07 2015
Walk In Tue Sep 08 2015 Sat Nov 14 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • ADA Accessible Picnic Area
  • Amphitheater
  • Beach Combing
  • Beach Wheelchair
  • Beach With Lifeguards
  • Biking - Road
  • Bird Watching
  • Comfort Station
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing - Ocean
  • Flush Toilet
  • Food Concession (in-season)
  • Hiking
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Long Island Sound Swimming
  • Nature Trail
  • Orienteering
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Tables
  • Pit Toilet
  • Public Drinking Water Taps
  • Ranger Station
  • Recycling Bins
  • Saltwater
  • Scenic Overlook
  • Scuba Diving
  • Showers
  • Walking
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildlife Viewing
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Getting There

Exit 72 off I-95: Follow the turnpike connector south to Route 156. Turn left, and take Route 156 east for 1/4 mile to the park.The park street address is 244 West Main Street (Route 156).

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Information:  (860)739-5471
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