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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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  • 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 terrific Conn state park, with Ct's 9/11 memorial. You can enjoy the beach, the playfields picnic sites to have a terrific day and right off of Exit 18 of I-95  more »
  • For us coming from Waterbury Connecticut, Sherwood Island was about an hours drive ( one way - so round trip about two hour drive ). It was inexpensive to park at only $13.00. The beach was clean and combed. Water had some nice waves - not too big or too small. The water upon entering had a very rocky bottom that was difficult to navigate bare footed but once out into the water a bit the sea bed was smooth. Concession stand was open however prices were high. Off the beach area there were many grassy areas to pick nick at however be ware of GOOSE POOP ALL OVER!
  • This is a great park. There's a lot of goose poop, as others have mentioned, but I don't think it's such a big problem. It's a wonderful place to go for walks or play disc golf. I didn't really like the beach.
  • The beaches were beautiful and the small woods section was lovely but this was ruined by the extreme amount of people who were blasting music all over. Its not that I'm not a fan of music but it seemed like every single set up (the 50+ there were) had some sort of music blasting. It really took away from the relaxing beach vibe. I've been to a ton of beaches in Connecticut and I've never seen this type of action at Milford beaches or Fairfield beaches. Just a shame because it's very beautiful. I also appreciated the high presence of security with at least 5 different park rangers and a CT state trooper being seen in my 3 hours there. I also would have loved some element of a boardwalk. It seemed to go from paved to sand to paved again which made walking slightly difficult because sand and people's breech set ups create obstacles. Maybe this was just one of those weekends but I'll have to try again but I think I'll see what other beaches in the area have to offer first.
  • Some fools have stolen our grill with grilling table today while we were on the beach... I hope their life will not be so miserable now with that used grill. Are you rushing to jail so fast, people? Don't you know that stealing is a bad thing? May Jesus spare you on heavens but I would not.
  • It was pretty nice here. The parking was large. The 9-11 memorial is very badly kept up. There is litter everywhere and the beaches are nasty and hard to walk on with seaweed everywhere, shells and rocks all over, as well as goose poop everywhere. However the shells and nice to look at and put back, as are the rocks. It was my first visit to the ocean, and it could have been better.