Haley Farm State Park, Groton, Connecticut
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
Have you ever been to Haley Farm State Park?
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)
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.Click thumbnail to view full-size
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
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
Haley Farm Lane is a dead end street. Haley Farm Park is at the end.
© 2012 Ellen Gregory