Rocky Neck State Park

The beach at Rocky Neck is usually quiet off season, but often packed on summer weekends.
The beach at Rocky Neck is usually quiet off season, but often packed on summer weekends. Karin Crompton/The Day

Rocky Neck State Park

Town: East Lyme

Directions: From I-95, take Exit 72. Follow the turnpike connector to Route 156. Turn left to main entrance to park on the right; or turn right at end of ramp and travel about 1/2 mile to trail head and dirt lot on the left.

Where to Park: Large paved lot near beach from main entrance or dirt lot at trail head across Route 156 from RV park.

Description: Three main trails - red, blue, and white - of mostly easy terrain.

Regulations: Closed at sunset. Pets on a leash. Saltwater fishing and crabbing permitted.

Amenities: Bathrooms (open during beach season), outhouses, picnic area, grills, campsites and swimming beach near paved parking areas accessible from main entrance. No amenities at trailhead entrance other than map.

Natural Features: Scenic overlook, boulders, streams, estuary.

Fees: Fee charged at main entrance from Memorial Day - Labor Day; no fees to enter from trailhead.

Owned by: State Department of Environmental Protection

More information: http://www.ct.gov/dep

Each trail has a little different personality.
Each trail has a little different personality. Karin Crompton/The Day
Leaves form a multi-color palette in the fall.
Leaves form a multi-color palette in the fall. Karin Crompton/The Day
The overlook from the Pavilion shows a spacious picnic area.
The overlook from the Pavilion shows a spacious picnic area. Karin Crompton/The Day
The red trail is fairly flat and easy -- good for children and for biking.
The red trail is fairly flat and easy -- good for children and for biking. Karin Crompton/The Day
The trails are inviting and accessible even in the middle of winter.
The trails are inviting and accessible even in the middle of winter. Karin Crompton/The Day
Karin Crompton/The Day
A promontory called Tony's Nose, accessible from the yellow trail, affords good views of railroad tracks, the Fourmile River marshes, and Long Island Sound.
A promontory called Tony's Nose, accessible from the yellow trail, affords good views of railroad tracks, the Fourmile River marshes, and Long Island Sound. Karin Crompton/The Day

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