Sunrise State Park

41.505177, -72.479913



Sunrise State Park

Connecticut State Park

146 acres in East Haddam, CT

Parking: At the end past 10 Echo Farm Road, Moodus, CT

Trail Map       Trails: 1 mile        Rating:★★☆☆☆

Sunrise State Park is reclaimed resort that is in the process of re-wilding sitting right next to Machimoodus State Park.  Passing through the last remaining buildings the asphalt driveway goes all the way down the Salmon River.

A spacious boat launch that is now a popular spot for renting kayaks sits alongside the river and it was pretty popular on my last visit with people resting and fishing along the banks.  Asphalt former roads snake through the property though the buildings they used to lead to have been torn down for nearly a decade.

Exploring here is certainly a unique nature experience since it is still meshed with it’s man-made past. here are old courts and many remains that indicate the properties former life.

I haven’t been when the kayak rentals are in season, but this stretch of the Salmon River seems peaceful.  It’s about 3 miles upstream from where it joins the Connecticut River.


Established as a state park in 2009.  The property has been known under the names Ted Hilton’s Hideaway, Frank Davis Resort, and most recently Sunrise Resort.  Starting in the early 1900s, much like nearby George Dudley Seymour State Park, this area was a resort getaway though this one lasted much longer.


Peter Marteka – Kayaking Salmon River, A Place Where Bald Eagles Soar (2017)

Peter Marteka – A Waterfront Re-Opening Of Hope At Sunrise State Park In Moodus (2016)

Peter Marteka – Sun Rising on an Unblemished State Park (2014)

Peter Marteka – Sunrise Just A Memory: State Demolishes Abandoned Resort (2013)

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Last updated April 20th, 2020

Posted in State Parks and Forests

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