Hurd State Park Walk

Explore East Hampton ,CT

The Chatham Historical Society (CHS) is organizing a hike at Hurd State Park on Sunday, July 11th at 10 am as part of its “Explore East Hampton” monthly series of walks. Come for a hike and learn history of Hurd State Park. The walk is sponsored by the
East Hampton Parks and Recreation Dept.

Hurd State Park is located in East Hampton on the east side of the Connecticut River. The park is named after the Hurd family, which came to the Middle Haddam region from Massachusetts in 1710 and settled on the high land high above the Connecticut River. Later the region was mined for the feldspar in the granite ledges. The state purchased 150 acres for a park in 1914. Today there are almost 1,000 acres in the park. It is also popular with boaters who camp at the three camp sites.

Andrew Dickinson, a member of the CHS, will lead the hike. He is an avid hiker and interested in sharing his love of the outdoors.

The history walk offers a wonderful and unique opportunity for new residents to learn about The History of Hurd Park and enjoy our local state park. Adults, children, and leashed dogs are welcome to hike.

Directions: Follow Route 66 to Cobalt. Take Route 151 South and follow to Hurd State Park on right.

Contact Information  

For further information about upcoming walks or the Chatham Historical Society, contact Marty Podskoch, coordinator of the “Explore East Hampton” walks at 860-267-2442,  or The East Hampton Parks and Recreation Department

Hiking and Walking Tips for Beginners

Hiking and Walking is a fun, relaxing way to experience the great outdoors with friends and family. When you go on a walk or hike, you get to explore places in nature that the roads cannot reach. Leave your worries about time, work and other stressors far behind and reawaken your sense of wonder. There is nothing like reconnecting with friends or loved ones on a journey through nature.

If you’ve never hiked before, you might feel intimidated by the idea. Maybe you’re concerned you’re not in shape to hike. Perhaps you’re worried you’ll get lost and won’t be able to find your way back. Rest assured — there is a hike out there for everyone. Hiking is not a race to the finish line, but a low-impact workout that is about enjoying good company and immersing yourself in the beauty of nature.

Staying active offers many health benefits, too, including help with weight management and stress reduction. Physical activity also decreases the risk of heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. If you are ready to start hiking, you are making an excellent choice for your overall well-being. Plus, getting started is easier than you might think.

Click on the website link below where you will find everything you need to start walking and hiking, from packing essentials to how to prepare for a day hike. With a little planning, you can enjoy a safe, comfortable and pleasurable hike.

Tips for Walking and Hiking


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