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Bluff Point State Park is a state-managed, public recreation area and nature preserve on Long Island Sound in the town of Groton, Connecticut. The state park encompasses a barrier beach, steep cliffs, forested sections, and tidal wetlands on an undeveloped peninsula located between the Poquonnock River and Mumford Cove. Of the property's, are designated as a coastal reserve. Recreational opportunities include hiking, mountain biking, boating, saltwater fishing, and shell fishing.HistoryThe Pequot used Bluff Point as a source of seafood before the arrival of European colonists. In 1649, the Town of New London granted John Winthrop the Younger a plot of land that became the plantation called Winthrop's Neck. It included present day Bluff Point State Park, Haley Farm State Park, Poquonnock Bridge, Mumford Cove, and Groton Long Point. The property was subsequently divided into Great Farm, also known as Bluff Point, and the Fort Hill Farm.The farm building called Winthrop House was constructed on Bluff Point circa 1712 by Edward Yeomans on land leased from the Winthrop family. When it burned down in 1962, it left only a chimney standing that would later be used to reconstruct the Ebenezer Avery House's chimney after its relocation to Fort Griswold. The foundations of the farmhouse are still visible. The farm's crops included blackberry bushes and apple trees which continue to thrive. In the early 20th century, Bluff Point was part of an area known as Poquonnock Farm that was leased for potato farming by John Abbott Ackley.
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  • We go here often as a family to walk and talk and just get away from TV's and crowds. Even when the parking lot is full you don't feel like you see many people out on the trail. It is nice and wide an...  more »
  • It's become one of my favorite spots to hang out and relax. Lots of parking. Plenty of walking trails. I like bringing a chair and sitting near the water to watch the activity at the local airport acr...  more »
  • Cute beach and great place to picnic, bike, hike, or run. Beautiful views! Very clean. I had a great run there and stopped along the way to soak up the sun and landscape.  more »