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Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme

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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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  • This is a nice beach and park to walk around. There are great wildlife to see and take pictures. This is the first time I have been here during beach season and it was crowded. But there seemed to be ...  more »
  • Was living in MA at the time & went to this place on a whim. My ex, his sisters, friends & I all had a blast. It was a great experience & very pretty!  more »
  • Rocky Neck is a wonderful State Park. Great paved road through the woods that will take you to a good spot to enjoy the views along the Long Island Sound. There's marshes near the parking lot where we...  more »
  • Clean state Beach. Areas to play Frisbee and other games. Make it a weekend trip and camp here as well. Clean restrooms and even a concessions with ice cream cart. Lifeguards on duty as well. Great spot if your not looking for loud and crowded beach spot. There is a train track near but it's not constant. Maybe only a couple times it went through.
  • One of my favorite Beaches... But get there early during the season. It gets very busy which makes it difficult to find parking and you end up caring your stuff for quite a distance.
  • Narrow beach but long. Train runs literally through the park, which is less than peaceful. Boardwalk. Restrooms only open during the summer, and not on the beach but behind the train tressel in the parking lot.
  • Hi all, Here I would like to breif you my experiences at Rocky Neck Beach Park. Campers: Jai, Naveen. This park has few sites (Osprey, Seagull, Heron, Egret, Crane) for camping. We choosen Segull 6th site. The weather here was rainy this afternoon but all set by 2:00 Post Merediem. Also never ever get large/big tent. We got eight persons tent for two. Also funniest part is we baked the pizza on grill. The beach here is amazing. Good for joggers, swimmers,etc,. All I can say this trip was true worthy.
  • Beautiful place to walk and enjoy the beach. See nature or. Hike.