Sherwood Island Connector Professional Reviews and Guides
"This route takes you through some of the best views of Long Island Sound in Fairfield County. Winding past saltwater marsh, through oak groves, and alongside over 2 miles of beach, this hike is only one of the diverse activities that Sherwood Island offers.Public access to the Connecticut coast is hard to come by. You have to be vigilant and know exactly where to go for the best spots. In Fairfield County, Sherwood Island’s 235 oceanfront acres is the largest and most prominent oceanfront preserve open to the public. Trails, which are really access roads, are readily apparent. Following this route takes you along the park’s entire coast as well as some marsh and forested sections."
--Steve Mirsky, Best Easy Day Hikes: Fairfield County (Falcon Guides).
"Explore the Westwood Nature Trail or just wander at a leisurely pace along a 1.5-mile-long beach on Long Island Sound at Connecticut’s first state park, Sherwood Island. If you’d rather walk with a purpose than meander aimlessly, start at the far eastern end of the park’s beach. Continue west on the beach to a fence at the western edge of the park. Turn right, leaving the beach, to enter a picnic grove on higher ground. The grove rises a few feet above the surrounding marsh; this higher area provides a vantage point and observation post for bird-watchers. When conditions are favorable and with proper footgear, the marsh may be investigated with care. After the walk head to the roof deck of the pavilion for a panoramic view of the park grounds, Long Island Sound, and on a clear day, New York City. Should the weather be too blustery to picnic comfortably at an outside table, there is a protective glass screen on the pavilion’s lower level. This mammoth picture window provides a pleasant outlook to the sound and also affords unexpected warmth when the sun shines through it."
--Eugene Keyarts, Short Nature Walks: Connecticut (Falcon Guides).
"Sherwood Island State Park in Westport has the honor of being the first state park in Connecticut and one of the first in the United States. Sherwood Island’s 234 acres include marsh areas, wooded terrain, and more than a mile of beachfront. If you visit the island in the winter, you will probably have this stretch of beach to yourself. Children can bring along bird guidebooks and binoculars and try to identify sea birds and other feathered fellows that have decided to brave the New England winter."
--Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr, Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island (The Mountaineers Books).
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