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Connecticut
River Valley Region
Hurd State Park
HURD STATE PARK
HURD STATE PARK
67 River Road
East Haddam, Connecticut   06423

Phone: 860-526-2336
Toll Free: 866-287-2757
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Hurd State Park
'Split Rock Outlook'
© all photos copyright Gary Jordan e-mail sm1107comcast.net

View from Split Rock

Hurd State Park
'Split Rock Outlook'
© all photos copyright Gary Jordan e-mail sm1107comcast.net

View from Split Rock

Hurd State Park
'Split Rock Outlook'
© all photos copyright Gary Jordan e-mail sm1107comcast.net

View from Split Rock

Visit Hurd State Park and enjoy scenic views of the Connecticut River while surrounded by nature.
History of the Area
In 1914, only one year after the establishment of a State Park Commission, the state purchased 150 acres of the present Hurd Park as part of an initiative to obtain land for public use along the Connecticut River. Situated in the town of East Hampton on the east bank of the river, the park has grown to almost 1000 acres and is especially popular with small boat owners. Many of these boaters recognize the park by its landmark "split rock" towering above the trees.

In the granite ledges of the split rock are veins of feldspar which was once mined extensively in Connecticut. Shortly after its acquisition, Hurd became the focus of legal action to determine the ownership of mining privileges at the park. The resulting court decision fortunately favored the State and averted the possible desolation of some 130 acres of land.

The park is named after the Hurd family, which came to the Middle Haddam region from Massachusetts in 1710 and settled on the level bench of land high above the river.
Camping
Three boat camping areas along the Connecticut River at Hurd, Gillette Castle and Selden Neck State Parks are managed by the Department of Environmental Protection for your enjoyment. The campsites are available from May 1 through September 30 exclusively for overnight stops by those traveling on the river.
Nearby Accommodations
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.
12.7 miles from park*
The Connecticut River Valley Inn - Glastonbury, CTBBs / Inns
Restored and updated to a 5 room inn, centrally located in the pastoral yet progressive town of Glastonbury, Connecticut. Just steps from either a medley of casual to fine dining restaurants or from quiet walks along the Connecticut River. A fusion of the historic past with the style, artistry and conveniences of the new millennium.
13.5 miles from park*
Boats and RVs
Rent My Camper.com, Inc - Shirley, NYMotor Home Campers
We'll Hook You Up with all the comforts of home including heat and AC. We deliver, setup and pickup. Our campers sleep up to 10. Just bring your food and clothes we've covered everything else, even clean linens and towels Camper is supplied with pots, pans, plates, bowls, cups, utensils, all your kitchen needs.
54.1 miles from park*


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Things To Do in the Area
RiverQuest-Connecticut River Expeditions - Haddam, CTBoating
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.
Web Site: ctriverquest.com
3.7 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
December 30 Nice river views by Marlbough Guy
This park offers picnic areas and hiking trails to the rivers edge or to a nice overlook of the river. I love to climb the large erradic boulder on the top of the overlook. Watch the little ones around the actual split rock!
September 6 A good surprise by Megan
So many different views while traveling through the park. Easy hike down to the river. Worth multiple visits.


Area Campgrounds

Riverdale Farm Campsites
111 River Road
Clinton, CT
860-669-5388


Nelson's Family Campground
71 Mott Hill Road
E. Hampton, CT


Wolf's Den Campground
256 Town Street
East Haddam, CT
860-873-9681


Markham Meadows Campground
7 Markham Road
East Hampton, CT
860-267-9738


Salem Farms Campground
39 Alexander Road
Salem, CT
860-859-2320


Witch Meadow Lake Campground
139 Witch Meadow Road
Salem, CT
860-859-1542


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Tidewater Inn Bed and Breakfast - Madison, CTBBs / Inns
Located in the shoreline village of Madison, CT, the Inn offers a cozy and elegant atmosphere of antiques and estate furniture.
Web Site: thetidewater.com/
16.8 miles from park*
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Directions
From the North: I-91 south. Take Exit 20 (left exit) onto Route 9. Take a right onto Route 66 and follow Route 66. Take a right onto Route 151. Hurd State Park is on the right.

From the South: I-95 north. Take Exit 69 onto Route 9 north. Take Exit 7 and proceed on Route 82 across the East Haddam Bridge. Continue on Route 82 and take a left onto Route 151. Follow Route 151. Hurd State Park is on the left.

From the East: I-395 South to Route 2. Follow Route 2 west to Route 16. Follow Route 16 west to Cobalt. Take a left onto Route 151. Follow Route 151. Hurd State Park is on the right.

From the West: I-84 east. Take Exit 27 onto I-691. Follow I-691, which becomes Route 66. From Route 66 take a right onto Route 151. Hurd State Park is on the right.

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