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A Walk At Rocky Neck Niantic CT

Updated on February 2, 2017
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I like to get outdoors and walk, aka hike, especially if it's a natural beautiful surrounding. I enjoy sharing my favorite spots with others

Bride Brook As It Runs Through Rocky Neck State Park
Bride Brook As It Runs Through Rocky Neck State Park | Source

Walking At Rocky Neck And Things To Do In Niantic

Rocky Neck is a Connecticut State Park and a popular beach in the summer. It's so popular, that in the summer, on a hot day or holiday, they run out of parking.

Rocky Neck is great walking, off season, when you can enjoy the quiet of the seashore with no hassle. Also there are no parking fees, early spring, late fall and winter days.

I enjoy walking here on summer evenings. If you have a season pass or a Charter Oak pass this is economically feasible.

Check the Rocky Neck website to find out when there is no parking fee. There is also information on their campgrounds and beaches.

More Information On Rocky Neck

See the links below for more information before you go.

You may drive to the beach and then walk the boardwalk - Follow the signs to the beach

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Coming out of the under pass of the railroad bridge, we see Rocky Neck beach. Take a left for the boardwalk.Rocky Neck beach view.The boardwalk - recently redone in parts. It is very smooth where redone and handicapped accessible.In November, 2011 there was a lot of sand over the boardwalk. Maybe due to Hurricane Irene or Winter Storm Alfred. Walking was difficult where there was sand. A woman with a stroller struggled to push beyond the sand.As you walk the boardwalk, the Amtrak tracks will be on your left. The Acela went by as we walked.
Coming out of the under pass of the railroad bridge, we see Rocky Neck beach. Take a left for the boardwalk.
Coming out of the under pass of the railroad bridge, we see Rocky Neck beach. Take a left for the boardwalk. | Source
Rocky Neck beach view.
Rocky Neck beach view. | Source
The boardwalk - recently redone in parts. It is very smooth where redone and handicapped accessible.
The boardwalk - recently redone in parts. It is very smooth where redone and handicapped accessible. | Source
In November, 2011 there was a lot of sand over the boardwalk. Maybe due to Hurricane Irene or Winter Storm Alfred. Walking was difficult where there was sand. A woman with a stroller struggled to push beyond the sand.
In November, 2011 there was a lot of sand over the boardwalk. Maybe due to Hurricane Irene or Winter Storm Alfred. Walking was difficult where there was sand. A woman with a stroller struggled to push beyond the sand. | Source
As you walk the boardwalk, the Amtrak tracks will be on your left. The Acela went by as we walked.
As you walk the boardwalk, the Amtrak tracks will be on your left. The Acela went by as we walked. | Source

End Of The Path At Bride Brook

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As we approach Bride Brook, there is a boardwalk/bridge over the brook.  We cross back under the RR bridge.Looking toward where the fresh water brook empties into the salt water Long Island Sound.Looking down into the brook.   Sometimes we see little fish.Looking up the Bride Brook -- away from the Long Island Sound
As we approach Bride Brook, there is a boardwalk/bridge over the brook.  We cross back under the RR bridge.
As we approach Bride Brook, there is a boardwalk/bridge over the brook. We cross back under the RR bridge. | Source
Looking toward where the fresh water brook empties into the salt water Long Island Sound.
Looking toward where the fresh water brook empties into the salt water Long Island Sound. | Source
Looking down into the brook.   Sometimes we see little fish.
Looking down into the brook. Sometimes we see little fish. | Source
Looking up the Bride Brook -- away from the Long Island Sound
Looking up the Bride Brook -- away from the Long Island Sound | Source

What else to do in the area? - Turn right out of Rocky Neck and keep going

I highly recommend the Book Barn which is very close by. It is a huge used book store consisting of many separate cottages. They provide free coffee and tea and there are picnic tables if you would like to bring your lunch. They have a number of rescue cats that wander freely around the property and sit on the bookshelves. There are goats that can be fed.

Don't overlook the town of Niantic itself. There are a lot of very nice little shops.

A markerRocky Neck State Park -
244 West Main Street, East Lyme, CT
get directions

© 2011 Ellen Gregory

Do you like easy walks by the seashore? - Or, tell me what you do like

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    • CruiseReady profile image

      CruiseReady 4 years ago from East Central Florida

      I do take walks by the sea!

      The walking bridge under the railroad bridge make a really pretty picture.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, I do. I'm trying to figure out why I Liked this lens and didn't leave a comment before. I must have been a hurry that day. I posted this to FaceBook this time. :)

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      Sherry Venegas 5 years ago from La Verne, CA

      And I need to go to Ct very soon.

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      angelsigh 5 years ago

      I love CT :D