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Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme
(3.7/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
Rocky Neck State Park is a publicly owned recreation area on Long Island Sound in the town of East Lyme, Connecticut. The state park's include a tidal river, a broad salt marsh, white sand beaches, rocky shores, and a large stone pavilion dating from the 1930s. It is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.HistoryDuring the 19th century, various fertilizer operations occupied the site. The park traces its beginnings to 1931, when conservationists purchased the land and held it until the state legislature authorized state purchase. During the Great Depression, a 356-foot, timber-and-granite pavilion was constructed by federal relief workers.FeaturesPavilionThe Ellie Mitchell Pavilion is a Rustic-style building completed in 1936 by the Works Progress Administration. Designed by Russell F. Barker and others, the curved masonry building stands more than long and wide. It is the largest Depression-era structure in the state.Construction began in the early 1930s as part of an effort to ease crowding at Hammonasset State Park. Much of its timber and granite were drawn from local suppliers and quarries, and from an abandoned fish fertilizer plant on the grounds. Supporting pillars were fashioned from trees cut from each of the state parks and forests. The pavilion was handed over to the state in October 1936 and opened as the Ellie Mitchell Pavilion. Visitors could purchase food, eat in the dining areas, and warm themselves by eight fireplaces during cooler months. In 1986, the pavilion and its surrounding were listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • Rocky Neck is a small CT state park not far Off I-95. Rocky Neck reminds me of how things were many years ago along the CT shore when I grew up. There is a building made of field stone right by the ra...  more »
  • It is difficult to get to a beach in CT even though we are blessed with lovely beaches. BUT-the almighty dollar has prohibited most of the public from enjoying any beaches-much better a few rich peopl...  more »
  • We came here for a day from Kent. Brought a picnic and sat on gym mats on the white sand. Beach was quite empty(perfect) calm sea, light breeze and very relaxing. The train flew by once or twice but i...  more »
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  • Great park. Beach is awesome, especially with little kids. Whole left side of the beach is very shallow with very warm water. My 1 and 3 year old kids had a blast. The main downside I see is the long walk to the bathrooms and changing rooms and the jelly fish that the tide brings in towards evening time.
  • Someone had told me that they didn't like camping there...I loved it! The 'Tents Only' area, where I stayed, is a pleasant, little grove of Northern White Cedars that actually helped keep the bugs away! It is a hike to the beach (I had my bike), so driving is the only real solution. Other than that I had a great time, and took the Route 156 into Niantic, Waterford, South Lyme, and Old Lyme. The road can be very narrow in places: be careful!
  • Suitable place for family camping - made our first camping experience awesome. 5 minutes to most amenities - dunkin donuts, gas, 10 minutes to Niantic downtown, Walmart superstore. Rangers tirelessly work to keep the place clean and safe - patrols done throughout the night. Wish the tent only camping area toilets get an uplift. None of the vending machines were working. Other than that, a well maintained place for the traffic it gets.
  • This beach was great!! Beautiful, clean sand and water! On the side where there are no lifeguards you can bring floaties. Which made our experience very enjoyable and memorable! Highly recommend to anybody!!
  • Beautiful place. Need a whole day or more to explore its beauty. We went only post 5 so couldn't do much but just play n the beach n shoot some pics. Its a vast area so we can walk around to see different views. The amtrack just passes by along the shores in this place.