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Sherwood Island State Park, Westport

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Sherwood Island State Park is a public recreation area on the shore of Long Island Sound in the Greens Farms section of Westport, Connecticut. The state park offers swimming, fishing, and other activities on of beach, wetlands, and woodlands. The park is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Because state purchase of land at the site occurred as early as 1914, Sherwood Island is numbered as Connecticut's first state park.Geography & GeologyThe park is bounded on the west by the Sherwood Mill Pond and on the south by Long Island Sound. It is separated from the mainland by creeks and ditches. The park's beaches are 6000ft long, more than a mile. Waves on the beach separate three different colors of sand into separate lines — red (garnet), black (magnetite) and white (quartz) are sorted by the waves because each type has a different density and shape.HistoryIn the 1640s, several colonists from the Town of Fairfield, who came to be known as the "Bankside Farmers," settled in the area that included Fox Island, which was later renamed Sherwood Island, administering the island in common.
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  • If you visit this park in the fall or spring you are going to enjoy the place. It has nice paved paths along the shore and next to the grass fields. During the season they charge for parking and it ge...  more »
  • It's main attraction is the 9-11 Memorial. Pulls at your heart strings and begs for reflection. Many easy to walk hiking trails. Beautiful Long Island sound views. Friendly people. They all said Hi. P...  more »
  • Great walking paths. Windy in winter months. Be advised that in the off season facilities are limited to one "family" bathroom.  more »
  • This is a great beach with Free Parking. Longer walk to the beach but on a nice Boardwalk. Really cool how the waves interlace over the sandbar heading out to the Island. Looking forward to visting again!
  • Fun place. Wasn't crowded on a Monday. Very nice beach and park .
  • GREAT for family and friends also after 4 pm it's$6.00 per car.
  • I love this state park pictures of has two beautiful beaches and nature trails around the outskirts. Great for birding, especially in the spring and fall.
  • The park is ok the price to get in for out of town people is too much there's no toilet staff they are closed early and very filthy there's animal droppings no water pipes close by the tables and Benches not maintained they need many toilets and running water and sprinklers for the kids