Sherwood Island State Park, Westport

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#31 of 82 in Parks in Connecticut
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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  • I came here on LaborDay before summer ended. I enjoyed the beach, clean, large, and relaxing, and the paths in the park. It is relaxing to walk on the coast. My only trivial problem is the amount of s...  more »
  • I actually walked across the ocean in low tide on compo beach, from elviras end, ending up at sherwood island by mistake in july. It was one of those summer days which transcends everything; a certain...  more »
  • We came here during the off season on a Sunday. Parking was easy and not crowded for a Saturday in October. It was a peaceful place to have our lunch. We enjoyed the views and easy access to the beach...  more »
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  • This is a great beach - -good for families and good for just sitting on the beach to read. Because many can't get into the nearby Westport's Compo Beach - this is a great choice for family, groups and celebration groups to have a picnic. The views are lovely -there is parking for 5000 - it does cost about 15 dollars to park per car from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Walks and paths are great - - there are restrooms during the summer beach season
  • Great location for a long walk by the beach. I prefer going when its not the "summer season" from memorial day to labor day. No crowds plus no charge to enter the park.plenty of parking and public restrooms are available.The Connecticut September 11th memorial is also here and its situated on a nice elevated spot overlooking long island sound.
  • Plenty of parking space. Even if crowded people do not bump into each other and entry of green space. Being from outside Conneticut, parking it's pricey $22 to $25 dollars depending on day of the week (weekdays or weekends). Great place to enjoy the day. Tables and some grills are available in the park grounds. For me...Always a great family experience. I always visit every summer. Don't forget to wear water-shoes because the shore has plenty of small rocks and broken sea shells.
  • Iconic views of the Sound.... Wonderful setting and right off 95 easy in and out. Parking for 5,000. Wide beaches and good facilities.
  • Beautiful beach in Westport. Unfortunately it is an easy drive from NYC and the park fills up on weekends with NY license plates in the parking lot and with it the throngs and clouds of smoke from the bbqs. Because of this the restroom facilities are overwhelmed and filthy.

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