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Haley Farm State Park, Groton, Connecticut

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

Entrance to path at Haley Farm State Park
Entrance to path at Haley Farm State Park | Source

Walking Haley Farm State Park, Groton, Connecticut

The weather is Connecticut has been ideal for hiking these past few days in June. Yesterday, Jim and I climbed Mount Misery. Today, I promised Jim a nice flat easy walk at Haley Farm, Groton.

Haley Farm is a small State Park tucked away on a side street, off another side street. It's a great place for a leisurely walk with a choice of paths. It is also one of my favorite spots for an old fashioned "lay a blanket down" picnic on the grass.

There is no admission or parking fee.

If you want a really long walk you can walk to the end of Haley Farm park, cross a railroad bridge and head over to Bluff Point State Park.

You can make this walk super long and challenging if you are so inclined or just keep it a leisurely stroll.


Haley Farm State Park is a great place to visit

Goose Pond at Haley Farm State Park
Goose Pond at Haley Farm State Park | Source

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Handicapped Accessible Sign
Handicapped Accessible Sign | Source

The trail is flat and wheelchair accessible for quite a distance

The paths are pretty hard packed in most places. While I wouldn't recommend the paths in the rain, on a dry day you can negotiate most of them in a wheelchair.

Let's Begin With a Map and An Overview - (Sorry it's a little askew)

Haley-Farm-Map
Haley-Farm-Map | Source

This map is posted at the entrance. There are also little pocket size maps to take with you.

If you find the "Park Entrance" (right middle) on the map, there is a dotted line trail leading from it. --Look close it is faint as it is dotted. (Maybe you can see the (0.12) (0.12) mile markers). This is a gravel biking trail. It is also wide and handicapped accessible. In fact, when we were walking there was a gentleman pushing his wife in a wheelchair down this path.

If you stay on this trail it will eventually lead to the railroad bridge over to Bluff Point State Park -- indicated in bright orange.

If you choose one of the solid lined paths they are a little narrower and either dirt or grass. Some of these lead to Palmer Cove and Goose Pond where you may get a chance to see osprey.

Along the gravel bike path - The air was scented with honeysuckle and wild roses.

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You can see this path is firmly packed and well drained.A short way on the path is my favorite picnic spot.   Dense well mowed lawn in the shade is ideal for a picnic blanket.   It's close enough to the parking lot to bring a basket or coolerThere are the most awesome stone walls along the bike path.   Made up of huge boulders.  Building walls was a hobby of Caleb Haley who owned the farm until 1924.Parts of the bike path are shady and very cool.The beautiful fragrance of honeysuckle filled the air along the path.Wild roses were going out of bloom but were still fragrant.   The wild roses that grow in the woods in Connecticut are small and white.   The large pink ones grow along the sandy shores.
You can see this path is firmly packed and well drained.
You can see this path is firmly packed and well drained. | Source
A short way on the path is my favorite picnic spot.   Dense well mowed lawn in the shade is ideal for a picnic blanket.   It's close enough to the parking lot to bring a basket or cooler
A short way on the path is my favorite picnic spot. Dense well mowed lawn in the shade is ideal for a picnic blanket. It's close enough to the parking lot to bring a basket or cooler | Source
There are the most awesome stone walls along the bike path.   Made up of huge boulders.  Building walls was a hobby of Caleb Haley who owned the farm until 1924.
There are the most awesome stone walls along the bike path. Made up of huge boulders. Building walls was a hobby of Caleb Haley who owned the farm until 1924. | Source
Parts of the bike path are shady and very cool.
Parts of the bike path are shady and very cool. | Source
The beautiful fragrance of honeysuckle filled the air along the path.
The beautiful fragrance of honeysuckle filled the air along the path. | Source
Wild roses were going out of bloom but were still fragrant.   The wild roses that grow in the woods in Connecticut are small and white.   The large pink ones grow along the sandy shores.
Wild roses were going out of bloom but were still fragrant. The wild roses that grow in the woods in Connecticut are small and white. The large pink ones grow along the sandy shores. | Source
Mowed hiking path
Mowed hiking path | Source

One of the other paths is a mowed grassy path

You need not walk in the tall grasses a path is mowed for you.

Off in the distance is Palmer Cove. You may see osprey and other wild birds here.


Along Goose Pond - The grassy path narrows as it heads back to the parking lot

Goose-Pond-Haley-Farms
Goose-Pond-Haley-Farms | Source

Haley Farm State Park

The park is located off of Route 215 just a little past Fitch High School.

It's quite close to Mystic, Connecticut. If you are planning a trip to Mystic, this would be an interesting walk to take.

Haley Farm, Groton, CT

A markerHaley Farm Lane, Groton, CT -
Haley Farm Ln, Groton, CT 06340, USA
get directions

Haley Farm Lane is a dead end street. Haley Farm Park is at the end.

© 2012 Ellen Gregory

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @anonymous: It really is a very beautiful and peaceful place. Maybe you will get a chance to visit some day.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I grew up right there at Haley Farm. I remember as a child running along these paths and climbing the stone walls every day. My dad would saddle up our horses and take us all through the park. The beauty of it is indescribabele! I live in florida now and seeing these photos really makes me home sick.

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      bbsoulful2 4 years ago

      I love a good hike, and am not averse to having to "scramble" a bit. I love your hike series. Angel blessed...

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I'm a walker, at present... Love short hikes. Working back up to longer hikes, after finally losing some weight, and recovering from a surgery... Walk, walk, walk! Thanks for a neat lens! ;-)

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      I love to take leisurely strolls through great scenic locations. This State Park looks gorgeous, thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just managed to hike across to this lens... and it was a delightful effort reaching here... (traveling virtually!) :)

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @ismeedee: This would only be an hours drive from Eastern Massachusetts -- no plane needed.

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      Zebedee32 5 years ago

      Looks very beautiful. I live in the West of England and go for hill walks all the time.

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      Appollonia 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures! Makes me want to go for a walk.

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      I think CT must be an ideal state for walks and cycling as it is relatively more flat than my home state of Mass. I have always thought it pretty anyway, and this park looks really lovely...ah, if I could just jump on a plane!

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      Marlies Vaz Nunes 5 years ago from Amsterdam, the Netherlands

      I'd love to walk there, but a bit far away for me! ;-)

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Living in western bc I am blessed with similar scenery to that of Haley Farm Sate Park, the gifts of nature in abundance. Really enjoyed the lovely pictures.

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      EEWorkouts 5 years ago

      I love hiking. Tallulah Falls Gorge in Ga is beautiful, especially if you can get one of the gorge floor permits. Some parts are a pretty trickyâ¦

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Looks like a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!