CT Parks May Fill Up on July Fourth Weekend

Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison has a large parking area and rarely closes.

Hammonasset Beach State Park, Patch file photo
Hammonasset Beach State Park, Patch file photo
It may be impossible to find a parking spot at state parks this holiday weekend, with summer heat and July Fourth celebrations calling people toward pools and recreation spots.

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reported parking lots may fill up early in the day, and people should expect traffic delays and crowds.

The following information is from a DEEP news release:
State parks that often close because of full parking lots during summer weekends and holidays include Squantz Pond, New Fairfield; Rocky Neck, East Lyme;  Pattaconk, Chester; Wadsworth Falls, Middlefield; Sleeping Giant, Hamden; Millers Pond, Durham; and Kent Falls, Kent. 

Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison has a large parking area and rarely closes.

Announcements of parks that are filled to capacity are made on Twitter and Facebook at the following addresses: 

  • Twitter.com/CTDEPoutdoorrec – general information about the park system and outdoor recreation in CT including closures 
  • Twitter.com/CTrockyneck – specific to Rocky Neck –Updates posted about activities at the park as well as parking conditions 
  • Twitter.com/CThammonasset – specific to Hammonasset and activities for campers, folks looking to visit Meigs and general park conditions 
  • Twitter.com/CTsherwoodislnd – specific to Sherwood Island and activities at the park including parking 


A full list of state parks, their location and directions to them is available on CT DEEP website.
Peter Z Bugarchich July 03, 2014 at 01:40 PM
The parks may fill ...and the sky may turn blue ... ah, uncertainties ;)
Fred July 03, 2014 at 04:21 PM
The parks may fill because no one can afford the gas to go anywhere else to vacation.
Jim Eastwood July 03, 2014 at 05:33 PM
Yah And they are ALL from Out Of State !!!!!!!!!


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