Hurd State Park

Hurd State Park in East Hampton is one of the oldest state parks in Connecticut. 

Hurd State Park

Connecticut State Park

Hurd Park is a public recreation area lying adjacent to George Dudley Seymour State Park on the east bank of the Connecticut River in the town of East Hampton, Connecticut. In addition to offering hiking, picnicking, and mountain biking, it is one of four Connecticut State Parks that offer primitive camping for boaters on the Connecticut River.

This park is a designated “walk-in” facility.  Parking is available at the main gate and near the gate at the intersection of Route 151 and Hurd Park Road. Other Amenities: Cross Country Skiing, Fishing, Picnic Shelters, Hiking Trails, Mountain Bike Trails

History

Hurd Park East Hampton, Connecticut

This Historic Park is one of the oldest in Connecticut.  The first parcel was acquired in 1914, shortly after the establishment of a State Park Commission. The state purchased 150 acres from Russell Dart as part of an initiative to obtain land for public use along the Connecticut River. Dart also donated Dart Island State Park. Sherwood Island State Park in Westport and Mount Tom State Park in Litchfield were also created about this time and are the oldest state parks Connecticut. 

The park is named after the Hurd family, whose first member, John Hurd, settled in Eastham, after journeying across the Atlantic from the Highlands of Scotland in 1685. John later moved to the Middle Haddam section of East Hampton.

Camping 

Camping at Hurd Park

Dates of Operationfor Camping : May-Sept.

Three boat camping areas along the Connecticut River at Hurd, Gillette Castle and Selden Neck State Parks are managed by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for your enjoyment. The campsites are available from May 1 through September 30 exclusively for overnight stops by those traveling on the river.   Campground: reservations are needed at least two weeks before intended stay, and is limited to one night. Park Campground is acessible only by canoe offering primitive riverside sites with fireplaces, pit toilets.

Activities Include: birding, hiking, mountain biking, picnicking, camping and hiking.

East Hampton, CT

More East Hampton activities for the entire family

Comstock Bridge

Comstock Bridge

The Comstock Covered Bridge is located on 14 Bridge Street at the junction of Colchester and East Hampton crossing the Salmon River.

Air Line Trail

Air Line Trail

The Old Air Line Trail State Park in East Hampton dates from the 1870s, and today draws walkers, runners, hikers, horseback riders and bikers.

Lake Pocotopaug

Lake Pocotopaug

Lake Pocotopaug is a big part of East Hampton’s History and in recent times has become a popular resort area surrounded by numerous homes

Useful Links

Town Website

Town Website

20 East High Street East Hampton, CT

The Town of East Hampton

Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

240 Middletown Avenue, East Hampton, CT

Parks and Recreations

Chatham Health District

Chatham Health District

240 Middletown Ave, East Hampton, CT

The Chatham Health District

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