Please Note : The maximum length of stay is twenty-one consecutive days. If you have a 21 day reservation, all members of your camping party and your camping equipment must leave the park for 5 days before you can return.

ROCKY NECK STATE PARK, CT

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 Mon Sep 29 2014   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Sun Aug 16 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. If you make your reservation within 7 days of your arrival you can book a 1 night stay on the weekends. The maximum length of stay is twenty-one consecutive days. If you have a 21 day reservation, all members of your camping party and your camping equipment must leave the park for 5 days before you can return. Any reservation with a departure date that is more than 11 months from today cannot be changed or cancelled for 18 days after the reservation was made for an inland campground and 25 days for sites at Hammonasset and Rocky Neck.

In an effort to protect Connecticut's forests from the introduction and spread of destructive insect pests - in particular the emerald ash borer and Asian long-horned beetle - the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is taking the following action:

Prohibiting the bringing of firewood into state of Connecticut campgrounds and state parks from other states. As an alternative, firewood can be either purchased at the camp stores within the state campgrounds or at local retail sellers of firewood.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection greatly appreciates the public's assistance in helping to protect the state's natural resources and apologizes for any inconvenience this initiative may cause.
Pets are not permitted in the campground.

Additional information can be found at the following address.
CT State Parks (DEEP) or Friends of Connecticut State Parks

General Camping Information
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: http://www.depdata.ct.gov/calendar/

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Overview

Description

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.

Geography:

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.

Recreation:

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.

Facilities:

Rocky Neck Campground offers 160 sites in both open and wooded settings. 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
Wed Sep 17 2014 - Sun Aug 16 2015

Reservations must be made 1 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 Mon Sep 01 2014 Mon Sep 29 2014
Walk In Fri May 01 2015 Thu May 21 2015
Peak Fri May 22 2015 Sun Sep 06 2015
Walk In Mon Sep 07 2015 Tue Sep 29 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • ADA Accessible
  • Beach Combing
  • Beach Wheelchair
  • Beach With Lifeguards
  • Biking - Road
  • Bird Watching
  • Concession Stand
  • Dishwashing Station
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing - Ocean
  • Flush Toilet
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Ice Machine
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Center
  • Nature Trail
  • Orienteering Course
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Pit Toilet
  • Public Drinking Water Taps
  • Ranger Station
  • Recycling Center
  • Restroom
  • Saltwater
  • Scenic Overlook
  • Scuba Diving
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Camping Supplies
  • Church
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Grocery Store
  • Hospital
  • Laundry
  • Restaurant
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Gambling Facilities
  • Tourist Attractions
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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).
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

ROCKY NECK STATE PARK
244 WEST MAIN ST PO BOX 676
NIANTIC (EAST LYME)  CT  06357

Phone Number:

Information:  (860)739-5471
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