Sherwood Island State Park, Westport
Categories: Nature & Parks
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.Take a look at our Westport vacation builder to schedule your visit to Sherwood Island State Park and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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We had never been here and were nearby and decided to visit. It is fall so there was no charge for entry. There is a runway and area for flying radio controlled planes. It was fun to watch. The beach ... read more »
We have gone there just to walk and see the water and also for the ALS Associations "Walk for the Cure." Thanks! Most trails are paved and easy to use. Sights are always lovely. There is also the 9/11... read more »
For somebody coming in from out of state (just north of NYC) for the day, it's a nice destination. Unlike community beaches in Conn, it's accessible even in the height of the summer season (for a pric... read 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!
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.
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.
Nasty-goose poop everywhere-even in the water. Lots of people playing their music too loud. Will not be coming back. Like Orchard Beach only with goose poop. Yeah.
It's a good combination of the beach, little sand dunes, trees providing shade, and barbecue grills. However, the impression may be spoiled by the ever present sneaky geese and their poop
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