Five miles of well-maintained trails wind through the park – all are well-marked and easy to follow. Beach walks enjoy great popularity as well. Stay for the night in one of the Rocky Neck State Park cabins and hike all the trails at a comfortable pace.
The easiest and flattest trail in the park, the Red Trail offers views of the water for the last quarter mile of the total 1.5 miles in length. The whole trail takes you on a loop through natural forests over a bridge that spans a marsh section and ends at the beach.
A one-way route to the main beach parking lot, this 2-mile trail is mostly downhill. Hikers encounter a few steep sections along the way. Views of Bridebrook Marsh accompany you along the entirety of the White Trail. Bring your binoculars for some spectacular birding while you walk.
This trail crosses an open field before heading up a rocky path through the woods. Just over 1.5 miles in length, the Blue Trail has some steep sections. Take it slowly and bring extra water, as this is the most difficult walk in the park.
You will find plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy in this popular Connecticut state park. With lots to see and do in the area, you may want to spend a few nights at one of the Rocky Neck State Park hotels.
The number one activity for families at Rocky Neck State Park is swimming. White sand and turquoise water make you believe you're on a tropical island. The water is safe for small children, who spend lively hours making sandcastles on the beach. The beach is very popular in the summer, so make sure you get there early to get a good spot.
With a number of designated fishing areas, Rocky Neck is a great spot for saltwater fishing. Teach your children how to catch fish in the ocean in safety. A fishing license is required.
In the summer months the park runs a number of interpretive programs for kids and families. Learn about conservation while having fun.