Sky’s The Limit # 4: Hammonasset Beach 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 Hammonasset Beach State Park. This is # 4 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. 🙂

Located in the town of Madison, Connecticut, the Hammonasset Beach is a popular spot for hiking, enjoying the beach; biking; picnicking; camping; fishing; swimming; and a stroll through the Meigs Point Nature Center. The word 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. On July 18, 1920, Hammonasset Beach State Park was opened to the public.

We were supposed to go on the Cedar Island Trail but we couldn’t find it at the beginning, so we simply did the boardwalk instead. Once we were finished and back to our parking spot, we asked a passing bicyclist if he knew where the Cedar Island Trail was. He pointed to a location where he said he had seen a small 0.6 mile trail (In and Out). So quickly we went there and finally found the trail.

However, we were very late by then; and sun was setting, so simply turned back after taking picture at the Plaque Rock. We missed out on the viewing platform to Long Island Sound though.

Despite us not taking the actual trail suggested by DEEP we had fun time going through the Boardwalk. Came across this path to the beach made of some kind of material.

We saw these huge shells in front of Meigs Point Nature Center which charmed us.

And a few birdwatchers showed us long-billed Dowitchers with yellow legs; a rare show of these birds in this part of the city is what I heard from them.

And ofcourse the gorgeous sunset we got to see right before we left the parking lot.

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