Published October 07. 2010 4:00AM Updated May 02. 2013 10:20AM
Haley Farm State Park
Directions: Take I-95 to Exit 88. Head south onto Route 117/Newtown Road, then take a left onto Route 1/Fort Hill Road. After about 3/4 of a mile, keep right onto Route 215/Groton Long Point Road. Take a right onto Brook Street, then another right onto Haley Farm Lane.
Where to Park: About 15 spots are available at the entrance to the farm, off Haley Farm Lane.
Description: This 267-acre park is popular among bicyclists and dog walkers alike. Bicyclists can take advantage of both the 0.8-mile bike trail on the property or take the bridge over the railroad tracks to get to Bluff Point State Park.
Hikers will find an open grassy area by the parking lot where the old farm buildings once stood. A handful of trails branch off from this area; they're unmarked but easy to follow.
Haley Farm is known for its numerous stone walls, which according to the state Department of Environmental Protection, were built by past owner and farmer Caleb Haley.
Take a left at the entrance to the trails and walk by the small pond to get to pleasant views of Palmer Cove and the houses that dot the water.
Regulations: Dogs must be on leash; closes at dusk.
Amenities: One composting toilet at the parking lot; bags available at the entrance as a reminder to pick up after your dogs; bike trail is wheelchair accessible.
Natural Features: Palmer Cove
Things to note: Connecticut's first governor, John Winthrop Jr., owned part of Haley Farm in 1648. Haley Farm was almost lost to development until the Groton Open Space Association managed to raise enough funds to have it sold to the state as open space in 1970.
Owned by: State Department of Environmental Protection
More information: http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325208&depNav_GID=1650