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.
Attention: You can now make a reservation for the day before your arrival and up until 11 months in advance. For campsites, (excluding cabins) 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.

HAMMONASSET BEACH STATE PARK, CT

Photo: HAMMONASSET BEACH STATE PARK Photo: HAMMONASSET BEACH STATE PARK
"Hammonasset" means "where we dig holes in the ground" and refers to the place where a settlement of eastern woodland Indians farmed along the Hammonasset River. They subsisted on corn, beans, and squash, and by fishing and hunting. The first colonists arrived in 1639. Property...

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Description

"Hammonasset" means "where we dig holes in the ground" and refers to the place where a settlement of eastern woodland Indians farmed along the Hammonasset River. They subsisted on corn, beans, and squash, and by fishing and hunting. The first colonists arrived in 1639. Property changed hands frequently between Native Americans and the first colonists. In 1898, the Winchester Repeating Arms Company bought Hammonasset and used it as a testing site for their new rifle. Their Lee Straight Pull rifle was mounted on a horse drawn stone boat, from which it was fired into targets on the beach. Hammonasset Beach State Park, with over 2 miles of sandy beach, has much to offer.

Geography:

On July 18, 1920, Hammonasset Beach State Park was opened to the public. The first season attracted over 75,000 visitors. The park's reputation drew tourists from across the continent as well as the state. During World War II, the park was closed to the public and loaned to the federal government as an army reservation. Meigs Point functioned as an aircraft range. Planes flew over Clinton Harbor, fired at the range, and then flew out over Long Island Sound. The stone breakwater at the Meigs Point end of the park was built in 1955. The stones were brought in by truck from quarries in northern New England. Today, over one million people enjoy Hammonasset Beach State Park each year.

Recreation:

Swim in the salt water, collect shells, build a sandcastle, sunbathe, relax, and walk along the 3/4 mile boardwalk, gazing upon Long Island Sound. Launch a carry-in boat, take a canoe trip, or fish from the stone breakwater. Summer activities include nature talks, bingo, movies, horseshoes, bocce and volleyball. The children's play area offers a pirate ship, swings, and slides. Visit Meigs Point Nature Center and experience the hands-on saltwater touch tank or search for the hundreds of bird species present at the park. See displays of area flora, fauna and geology.

Facilities:

As Connecticut's largest public beach park, Hammonasset offers over 550 grassy campsites, perfect for the nature enthusiast. Hammonasset's campground has 552 sites with many amenities, including restrooms, showers, a camp store, dump stations, and water. The Meigs Point Nature Center offers programs and activities for park visitors during the summer season.

Nearby Attractions:

Nearby state parks include Chatfield Hollow State Park, in Killingworth, Rocky Neck State Park, in East Lyme, and Sherwood Island State Park, in Westport.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • ADA Accessible
  • Amphitheatre
  • Beach Combing
  • Beach Wheelchair
  • Beach With Lifeguards
  • Biking - Road
  • Bird Watching
  • Boardwalk
  • Boating
  • Canoeing - River
  • Car Top Boat Launch
  • Chemical Toilet
  • Concession Stand
  • Dishwashing Station
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fishing - Ocean
  • Flush Toilet
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Ice Machine
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Nature Center
  • Nature Trail
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Public Drinking Water Taps
  • Recycling Center
  • Restaurant
  • Restroom
  • Saltwater
  • Scuba Diving
  • Showers
  • Softball Field
  • Swimming
  • Telephone
  • Volleyball Court
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Church
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Hospital
  • Laundry
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Gambling Facilities
  • Tourist Attractions
Alerts and Important Information
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), Friends of Connecticut State Parks or Friends of Hammonasset

General Camping Information
If you have any questions, please call 1-866-287-2757 or 1-866-CTPARKS.

Explore the natural and cultural histories of Connecticut State Parks and Forests through inerpretation! 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/

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

HAMMONASSET BEACH STATE PARK
1288 BOSTON POST RD (PO 271)
MADISON  CT  06443

Phone Number:

Information:  (203)245-1817