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Hammonasset State Park
Hammonasset State Park Evening stroll © Angela Hansen
Even in the winter, Hammonasset can be a beautiful place to stretch your legs and breathe fresh air
Hammonasset State Park ConnectiKITERS © Gary Jordan
The Kite Club needs a steady breeze to keep their kites aloft.
1288 Boston Post Road P.O. Box 271
Madison, Connecticut   06443

Phone: 203-245-1817
Toll Free: 866-287-2757
Reservations: 203-245-2785
A visit to Hammonasset Beach State Park, is more than just another day at the beach. Connecticut's largest shoreline park offers over 2 miles of beach to enjoy swimming, strolling along the boardwalk, or just relaxing in the sun and surf.
History of the Area
"Hammonasset" means, "where we dig holes in the ground" and refers to the place where a settlement of eastern woodland Indians farmed along the Hammonasset River. They subsisted on corn, beans, and squash, and by fishing and hunting. The first colonists arrived in 1639. Property changed hands frequently between Native Americans and the first colonists.

In 1898 the Winchester Repeating Arms Company bought Hammonasset and used it as a testing site for their new rifle. Their Lee Straight Pull rifle was mounted on a horse drawn stone boat, from which it was fired into targets on the beach.On July 18, 1920, Hammonasset Beach State Park was opened to the public. The first season attracted over 75,000 visitors. The park's reputation drew tourists from across the continent as well as the state.

During World War II the park was closed to the public and loaned to the federal government as an army reservation. Meigs Point functioned as an aircraft range. Planes flew over Clinton Harbor, fired at the range and then flew out over Long Island Sound.

The stone breakwater at the Meigs Point end of the park was built in 1955. The stones were brought in by truck from quarries in northern New England.

Today, over one million people come annually enjoy to Hammonasset Beach State Park.
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
 Electric Sitesyes
As Connecticut?s largest public beach park, Hammonasset offers over 550 grassy campsites perfect for the nature enthusiast..
Nearby Accommodations
BBs / Inns
Located along the CT Shoreline midway between New York City and Boston, and only one hour from Hartford, with tons of local attractions both on the Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River.
14.2 miles from park*
BBs / Inns
Located in the shoreline village of Madison, CT, the Inn offers a cozy and elegant atmosphere of antiques and estate furniture.
1.8 miles from park*

Area Attractions
Meigs Point Nature Center

The Meigs Point Nature Center offers programs and activities for park visitors during the summer season. The Center is normally open from late June to Labor Day Weekend, Tuesday ? Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For information on programs, please contact staff at (203) 245-8743. To visit the Nature Center, bear to the left at the access road rotary, go halfway around the rotary and follow the signs toward Meigs Point. The Center is on the left across from the Meigs Point bathhouse. Parking is available near the building.

Please note that the Nature Center telephone number is seasonal. After Labor Day Weekend, calls should be directed to the main park number, (203) 245-2785.
Things To Do in the Area
Explore the Connecticut River aboard the R/V River Quest, an environmentally friendly 64', 60 passenger vessel docked at Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam, CT.
13.9 miles from park*

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 24
have camped here off n on since 1941(time off for ww2)have seem many changes over the years. receent rise in fees has put this wonderful park out of reach to many people, and you dont get much in services for the high price( NO HOOKUPS WHATSO EVER)only 5 handicap sites out of 550? only the stste could get away with that!!
July 24
Went there recently to East beach and people were running from there because of an infestation of horseflies!!! Would not recommend!! Was very unhappy and had to go to another state beach!!
July 28 Fun for years by Glenn
Everyone can find something fun to do such as fish,hike,swim or just relax and enjoy the great views!

Area Campgrounds
Riverdale Farm Campsites
111 River Road
Clinton, CT
Wolf's Den Campground
256 Town Street
East Haddam, CT
Totoket Valley RV Park
244 Foxon Road
North Branford, CT

From the north/Hartford area: take I-91 south to Route 9 south. Off Route 9, take Exit 9. Turn right (south) onto Route 81; continue down Route 81 until you run into I-95. Turn right onto I-95 entrance ramp and go approximately 1 mile to Exit 62, then turn left off the exit. Head south 1 mile down Hammonasset connector, go straight through the light crossing Route 1 (Boston Post Road) into the park.

From the south area: take I-95 north, Exit 62. Take a right off the exit ramp onto Hammonasset I-95 connector. Park entrance will be 1 mile ahead.

From the east/Rhode Island area: take I-395 south onto I-95 south, Exit 62. Take a left off the exit and go approximately 1 mile. Go straight through the traffic light crossing Route 1 (Boston Post Road).

From the west/New York area: take I-95 north, Exit 62. Take a right off the exit and go approximately 1 mile. Go straight through the traffic light crossing Route 1 (Boston Post Road) into the park.


Connecticut State Parks