Sky’s The Limit # 20: Rocky Neck State Park

If you want to check on the hikes that I completed so far as part of this challenge, go here.

Prologue: A hiking challenge is going on this year by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEEP) in the state of Connecticut where I live, “Sky’s The Limit”. We have to finish a hike in the chosen 20 Park and Forest locations before December 3rd this year Each location has some specific points of interest that the departments asks us to take pictures of and document them. Most of the Parks and Forests are located in an hours of driving distance, except a few. I decided to take this challenge and hopefully will be able to complete all of them. Here we go!

Next up is Rocky Neck State Park. This is # 20 on the list provided by DEEP. I am not following the order they have listed. I am just going to any hike I can whenever I can from that list. 🙂

Rocky Neck State Park is located on the Long Island Sound in the town of East Lyme, Connecticut. This 710-acre park is a popular recreation with various terrains offering something for everyone.

The beach was very clear but covered with a litter of stones that perhaps gave it the name Rocky Neck; yet very ideal for swimming. We started the hike on the beach boardwalk towards the point where Bride Brook flows into the Long Island Sound.

Then we hiked back to the start of White Trail which took us through the salty marsh lands filled with mosquitos and flies. I have never used so much of bug spray as much as I had used that day. Eek!

There are several trails within the park between the Four Mile River and Bride Brook going through the scenic salty marshy areas as well as some paved trails too. Some of the points of interest we get to see are the Baker’s Cave and Tony’s Nose Overlook. I am guessing this is the location for Tony’s Nose Overlook. And we couldn’t find Baker’s Cave.

The vast salt marsh is habitat to ospreys, cranes and herons among other waterfowls.

Other points of interest begin with this American Flag dedicated to brave men and women who serve.

The Railway line runs right beside the beach, so we got to see Amtrak and other trains pass by all through the hike.

We saw Fungi; Trail markers on fallen trunks and rocks; wooden bridges

We saw these Amish folks taking a stroll along the beach.

And finally here I am with my friend who helped me complete the hike.

Easy hike but because flies and mosquitos made it a more harder one to continue. Yet we prevailed and finished it! Yay!

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