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George Dudley Seymour State Park
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George Dudley Seymour State Park is a 222-acre natural haven offering diverse landscapes. It features scenic hiking trails along the Mattabesset River and Chapman Falls. The park also houses historical sites like Elisha Camp House and hosts various outdoor activities such as bird watching, fishing or picnicking for visitors to enjoy amidst its tranquil setting.

History of the Area
The park was established in 1949. It's named after George Dudley Seymour, a lawyer and historian. He purchased land along the Mattabesset River during his lifetime to preserve its natural beauty.

Seymour donated this property to the state of Connecticut upon his death in 1945 for public use as a recreational area. The site includes archaeological remains from Native American tribes that once inhabited it thousands of years ago.

The park spans over 222 acres today with hiking trails and picnic areas available for visitors' enjoyment.

Connecticut has made state parks, forests, trails, historic sites and beaches more accessible to our residents so they can enjoy the many attractions and beauty they offer. Under the Passport to the Parks program, parking fees are now eliminated at Connecticut State Parks for those with Connecticut registered vehicles. You can view the CONNECTICUT PASSPORT TO THE PARKS web page to learn more.
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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.
12.2 miles from park*

- White Trail: A 2.5-mile loop trail, moderately trafficked with a river view and suitable for all skill levels.

- Blue/Red Loop Trail: This is a moderate difficulty level trail spanning about 1 mile; it offers beautiful wildflower views during springtime.

- Yellow Blazed Hiking Pathway: An easy to navigate path of approximately half-a-mile long that leads you through the forested areas in the park.

- Red Circle Route: About one-and-half miles long, this route takes hikers around some scenic spots within George Dudley Seymour State Park including historical sites and picnic areas.

- Green Triangle Track : Approximately two-miles-long track which passes by several points of interest such as wildlife habitats and bird-watching locations.

- Orange Square Course : Roughly three-quarters-of-a-mile course offering an array of natural features like rock formations, streams, wetlands etc., ideal for nature enthusiasts.

- Purple Diamond Waypoint : It's less than half-a-mile but provides stunning panoramic views over Connecticut River Valley from its highest point at Mount Tom summit.

- Brown Rectangle Trekking Lane - This lane spans nearly two-thirds-of-a-mile featuring diverse flora along its pathway making it perfect for botany lovers or photographers alike.
Things To Do in the Area
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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.
2.9 miles from park*

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Directions from New Haven, Connecticut:
- Start on I-91 N towards Hartford.
- Take exit 14 for CT Route 150/East Center Street.
- Turn right onto East Center St/CT Route 150.

From Middletown, Connecticut:
- Begin by heading south on Main St toward Court Street.
- Merge onto CT-Rte9 S via the ramp to Old Saybrook/I95/New London.
- Continue until you reach Exit10 for Aircraft Road in Haddam Neck.

From Norwich, Connecticut:
- Drive westward along Interstate395 (I395).
- Switch over to State Highway2 West at Exit13A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O-P-Q-R-S-T-U-V-W-X-Y-Z1-A1-B1-C1-D
- Follow this route till reaching Marlborough and then take a left turn into Jones Hollow Rd

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Connecticut State Parks