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This hike explores Connecticut’s last vestige of undeveloped coast—an 800-acre wooded peninsula that extends into Long Island Sound and is bounded by the Poquonock River and Mumford Cove. Its sandy spit offers coastal and bay discovery. The varied wild supports deer, raccoons, and sea, shore, and woodland birds. Designated a coastal reserve, site facilities are few. An easy loop on closed dirt roads and shore introduces the coastal woodland, spit, and bluff and gives nod to the 1700s homesite of Governor Winthrop.
Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve Professional Review and Guide
"This hike explores Connecticut’s last vestige of undeveloped coast—an 800-acre wooded peninsula that extends into Long Island Sound and is bounded by the Poquonock River and Mumford Cove. Its sandy spit offers coastal and bay discovery. The varied wild supports deer, raccoons, and sea, shore, and woodland birds. Designated a coastal reserve, site facilities are few. An easy loop on closed dirt roads and shore introduces the coastal woodland, spit, and bluff and gives nod to the 1700s homesite of Governor Winthrop."
--George and Rhonda Ostertag, Hiking Connecticut and Rhode Island (Falcon Guides).
More Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve Professional Reviews and Guides
"The town of Groton, about 2.5 miles south of U.S. Highway 1 and Interstate 95. Despite its coastal location, there's a climb of 125 feet in Bluff Point, with several trails and roads rising and descending from this high point. Otherwise, it's mostly flat riding. Both of these parks are used heavily by cyclists, joggers, and walkers. Ride responsibility on both the well-used roads and the more secluded trails, with have tight blind turns. Some of the single-track trails in Bluff Point are technical, with plenty of roots and embedded rocks."
--Paul Angiolillo, Mountain Biking Southern New England (Falcon Guides).
"It’s hard to find a stretch of Connecticut seashore that is not overrun with condominiums, dockside boutiques, or waterfront industry. But a 780-acre tract of land known as Bluff Point offers a refuge from the crowded consequences of over-development. Here, the kids can scale lofty bluffs, hike through delightful oceanside forests, and run along a sand spit that stretches half a mile into the bay. They can watch scaups, or diving ducks, plunge for crabs or barnacles as they scan the water for swans or mallards. At hike’s end, weary walkers can take a dip at the small stretch of beach set aside for swimmers. For an afternoon, the kids can enjoy the ocean the way their great-grandparents did."
--Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr, Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island (The Mountaineers Books).
"Located in the eastern outskirts of Groton. This easy multiple-use loop travels closed dirt roads, touring a coastal woodland, sandspit, and bluff. Special attractions: Long Island Sound and bayshore discovery; wildlife sightings of deer, raccoon, and sea, shore, and woodland birds; historic 1700s homesite of Governor Winthrop."
--Rhonda & Greg Ostertag, Hiking Southern New England (Falcon Guides).
"Voted “Best Getaway in Connecticut” by Connecticut Magazine in 2000, Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve does not disappoint. Here you can explore an almost 4-mile loop trail through woodlands, wetlands, and shoreline as it leads you to a nearly 1-mile-long beach on Long Island Sound and the bluff for which the park was named."
--Eugene Keyarts, Short Nature Walks: Connecticut (Falcon Guides).
"From the parking lot, pass the picnic area and a sign on the left that enumerates park regulations. A reserve map stands on the right. This old gravel cart road is lined with mixed oaks, black cherry, greenbrier, shining sumac, and multiflora rose. Many trees are draped with Oriental bittersweet vines and greenbrier. In late summer, goldenrod plants bloom profusely with pollen-laden, yelloworange blossoms. Soon, reach a couple of short side paths on the right that lead to the Poquonnock River shore, and follow one to the shore."
--Rene Laubach & Charles W. G. Smith , AMC's Best Day Hikes in Connecticut (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"At 800 acres, Bluff Point State Park is the largest piece of conservation land on Connecticut’s shore. While purchased by the state in 1963, the point was acquired in 1644 by John Winthrop, Jr., one of Connecticut Colony’s first governors. This 4.5-mile loop circles past Winthrop’s former homestead before arriving at scenic bluffs that line the rocky point. Before returning to the trailhead, enjoy a pleasant half-mile diversion along an undeveloped sandy beach. For those seeking further adventure, Bluff Point State Park also offers additional miles of unmarked paths along the quiet shores of Mumford Cove."
--Jeffrey Romano, 100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books).
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