Silver Sands State Park
297 acres in Milford, CT
Parking: Large lots near 1 Silver Sands Pkwy, Milford, CT
This is a partial/incomplete page as I have not yet explored this property.
There are no hiking trails in Silver Sands, but there is about a mile of board walk that was built in 2011, which connects to nearby Walnut Beach. There is also a half-mile sandbar that leads out to Charles Island which I am looking forward to exploring. The DEEP has posted the following warning:
The sandbar (also known as a tombolo) between Silver Sands State Park and Charles Island overwashes twice daily with tidal flooding, which produces dangerous currents and undertow. No one should walk on any portion of the tombolo when it is covered with water. No crossing to the Island is allowed May 1 through August 31 when the island is managed as a Natural Area Preserve for nesting birds.
There are a number of projects currently underway (2018) at Silver Sands, including the construction of three new buildings, a new boardwalk, and increased protections for endangered species.
Established as a state park in 1960. From the DEEP site,
The State Park acquisition of Silver Sands, ultimately involving over 300 parcels, began after Hurricane “Diane” destroyed 75 homes in 1955. The City of Milford, needing help to renovate the battered beach, asked the Park Commission for help with the nearly overwhelming task. When the land transfers were complete in 1960, Silver Sands became the state’s fourth shoreline park.
Peter Marteka – Across a tombolo in Long Island Sound to the mysterious Charles Island (2020)
Pam McLoughlin – Silver Sands Beach Sandbar: Too Deadly for Walking?