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Rocky Glen State Park
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Rocky Glen State Park Walking Path © Gary Jordan
Rocky Glen State Park Sunlit Canopy © Gary Jordan
Rocky Glen State Park Old Building Remains © Gary Jordan
Rocky Glen State Park Spillway © Gary Jordan
From the path that runs by the stream can be seen an old spillway. In 1839, Charles Goodyear discovered the process for vulcanizing rubber at a shop in Sandy Hook which gave rise to the American rubber industry and lead to the establishment of a rubber factory in Rocky Glen. There was a plaque at the park that said the Irish workers lived on the side of the river that the park is on and crossed over the old iron bridge to work at the rubber factory.
Rocky Glen State Park 1890 Iron Bridge © Gary Jordan
Old iron bridge runs across stream bordering park. Plaque on bridge reads BUILT 1890 BY DEAN WESTBROOK BRIDGE ENGINEERS N.Y. SELECTMEN W.H. GLOVER. J. GREEN. C.WINTON. CLERK M.J. HOULUHAN The steel used is stamped PHONIX IRON CO. PHILAD P.A.
Rocky Glen State Park Old Rubber Factory © Gary Jordan
The history of this area is quite interesting particularly since this factory is in quite good shape. This is one of two multi-story brick buildings that remain today. The other was a mill, 2 miles from this factory.
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Rocky Glen State Park is a picturesque natural area known for its scenic beauty. It offers various recreational activities such as hiking and fishing. The park features lush greenery, rocky landscapes with glacial erratics scattered throughout the terrain and tranquil water bodies providing habitat to diverse wildlife species. Visitors can enjoy picnicking or simply relax amidst nature's tranquility while exploring this serene state park.

History of the Area
Located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, this park was established as a state property in 1943. It spans over 40 acres of land and is known for its picturesque landscape featuring the Saugatuck River.

The area's history dates back to Native American tribes who used it for fishing and hunting before European settlers arrived. In the late 19th century, it became popular among locals due to its natural beauty.

In early years after establishment as a public space by Connecticut State Park Commission (CSPC), amenities were added including picnic tables and hiking trails. The CSPC aimed at preserving nature while providing recreational opportunities.

Over time, conservation efforts have been made to protect local flora & fauna species inhabiting within boundaries of this site.

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.

Rocky Glen State Park in Connecticut offers scenic picnic spots by the waterfall and along the wooded trails. Enjoy riverside tables for a peaceful meal amidst nature, with grilling permitted at designated areas. No reservation needed; first-come, first-served basis. Remember to carry out trash to keep the park clean.
- Blue Trail: This is the main trail of Rocky Glen State Park, approximately 1.5 miles long; it traverses through a variety of terrains including rocky outcrops and lush forests.

- Yellow Trail: A shorter route at around half a mile in length that branches off from the blue trail; this path offers scenic views over an old quarry site.

- Red Circle Loop: An easy looped track about one mile long which circles around Lake George offering stunning water vistas along its course.

- Green Pathway: Approximately two miles in total, this pathway winds alongside streams and crosses wooden bridges providing hikers with tranquil nature scenes throughout their journey.

- White Connector Trails : These are several short trails connecting different parts of park to each other for easier navigation between various attractions within the state park.

- Orange Overlook Track : Less than a mile but steep climb leads you to panoramic view point overlooking entire area surrounding Rocky Glen State Park

-Purple Passageway : Roughly three-quarters-mile-long narrow passageway running parallel to river bank provides unique experience especially during fall season when leaves change color creating beautiful scenery

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Directions from Hartford, Connecticut:
- Start on I-91 S.
- Take exit 22N for CT Route 9 N towards New Britain.
- Merge onto CT Route 9 N.

Continuing the Journey:
- Continue to follow this route until you reach Exit 23.
-Take a right off of the ramp onto West St/CT-Rte.372 W and continue straight ahead.

Entering Rocky Hill Area:
- After about half a mile, turn left at CVS Pharmacy (on your left) into Cromwell Ave/Rocky Hill Avenue
- Follow this road till it ends in Main Street

Reaching Destination:
- Turn right on Main street after passing through two traffic lights
- Drive approximately one mile down main street before turning Left into Glastonbury avenue which leads directly to park entrance

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