Connecticut DEEP warns some state parks may reach parking capacity this week

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is reminding park-goers that state parks, especially those with swimming areas, may reach parking capacity early in the days leading up to and around the July 4 holiday weekend.

"Go early, but before you head out the door check Twitter for parking news and learn about other nearby parks you may want to visit," said Commissioner Robert Klee in a statement from the DEEP. "Be prepared to choose another park if your first choice park is full, so that you won't be disappointed."

Connecticut has 107 state parks and 32 state forests. Rocky Neck in East Lyme is among those that often close due to full parking capacity during summer weekends and holidays. Others are Squantz Pond, New Fairfield; Pattaconk, Chester; Wadsworth Falls, Middlefield; Sleeping Giant, Hamden; Millers Pond, Durham; and Kent Falls, Kent. Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison has a large parking area and rarely closes, according to the release.

Announcements of parks that are filled to capacity are made on Facebook at and on Twitter under the following handles: @CTDEPoutdoorrec, @CTrockyneck, @CThammonasset and @CTsherwoodislnd.

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