Traveling down route 151 en route to Haddam Neck, Haddam or continuing on towards East Haddam, Hurd State Park is a great location to stop for a picnic or get out to stretch your legs.
The park is located along the Connecticut River in the Middle Haddam section of East Hampton. (Yes, Middle Haddam is in East Hampton, but nearby Haddam Neck is part of Haddam. And, as another side fun fact, Haddam is the only town in Connecticut that spans both sides of the CT River.)
The park is comprised of nearly one thousand acres and is a popular spot for small boat owners due to its proximity to the river. The park includes a small picnic area, wooded hiking trails, a pond and various camping locations.
There is no parking fee, but parking is limited. Gates close after the first snowfall and re-open in the Spring. Winter parking, however, is available for hiking and cross-country skiing.
The park was named after the Hurd family, who settled in Middle Haddam in 1710.