Hammonasset Beach State Park
919 acres in Madison, CT
Parking: Large lots near 1288 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT
Trail Map Trails: Less than a mile Rating: Unexplored
This is a partial/incomplete page as I have not yet explored Hammonasset Beach State Park.
There isn’t much in the way of hiking trails but there is a boardwalk along the beach and short spurs to different viewpoints.
Known as the William F. Miller Campground there are 558 mostly open grassy sites. Several sites have electric & water hook-ups and there are a few rustic cabins available for rent.
Amenities include concessions, dumping station, bathrooms, and showers. Individual fireplaces not provided and NO pets.
For current campsite pricing and open season dates see the official DEEP camping page.
There are two miles of beach that gets good reviews for clean beaches and beautiful water.
Check current water status here.
Prior to becoming a park it was a range testing ground for new weapons by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company.
The state purchased the property stablished as a state park on July 18, 1920.
The federal government took control of the park in Fall 1942 to use the area for an Army reserve station and airplane target practice range. In 1947, the Army and State furnished enough money to repair and replace roads, buildings, camp, and picnic grounds to about the condition they were in 1942.
- Geology of Hammonasset Beach State Park
- Peter Marteka – A fleeting glimpse of a bitter cold day on Long Island Sound (2019)
- CTMQ – The Largest Beach (2008)
- Peter Marteka – Kids Count, Study Invasive Crabs (2006)
- Connecticuthistory.org – Hammonasset State Park Serves the State and its Residents (2020)
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