Ever Heard of Hurd State Park?

Enjoy a visual walk through this wooded park in Middle Haddam, CT.

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.

Jeb Nocmather September 22, 2011 at 03:54 PM
When you go to Hurd Park don't fprget to visit the Cave below Split Rock.
Wendy Vincent September 22, 2011 at 04:02 PM
I missed that. Do you have to walk down towards the river to get to it?
Barbi Batchelder September 22, 2011 at 04:15 PM
The Indian Cave at the 'Split-Rock Trail'! And don't forget the giant boulder at the top of the trail. When I was little, that was my favorite place to be, on top of that rock...with a little help from my Dad to get me up there. No fear of heights for me back then. We'd spend time at that park just about every weekend. In the winter, we'd bring our sleds. In the summer, we'd focus on catching frogs and salamanders at the pond. There's also an ancient rock quarry in the area, where I'd delight in collecting rocks n' stones (haven't found the 'arrowhead' that I was looking for yet) and magical pieces of mica! A very special place to visit, that's for sure!
Wendy Vincent September 22, 2011 at 04:25 PM
I think my visit the other day was "too quick." I need to explore more next time.
Jeb Nocmather September 22, 2011 at 09:04 PM
I used to take both of my sons to Hurd park all the time. They Loved to stand on the big rock left after the last ice age. The Indian cave is hard to get to now, since it's been overgrown with vegetation. My boys thought the cave was cool because it was called Indian Cave.
Lynn Herlihy September 23, 2011 at 12:11 PM
Oh Jeb, The rock and the cave were the best when I went to Hurd Park as a kid. When I got older it was fabulous for hiking, picnics, getting old bittersweet vines for flower arranging and cross country skiing. I was there almost daily for years. It is the best park in CT.


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