Hammonasset Beach State Park RV & Campground Guide

Connecticut

Hammonasset Beach State Park

is Connecticut’s largest shoreline park. The two-mile beach has swimming, picnicking, fishing, scuba diving, hiking, and boating. Visit the nature center to learn about the shoreline birds and other wildlife. Or rent a bicycle to ride around the area and do some exploring. 

The weather is on the chilly side of mild - summer temps don’t go over 77F, and in the winter, it can get just below 30F. The park gets about a week of precipitation every month out of the year.

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Weather
Spring 43-61 F
Summer 70-77 F
Fall 54-72 F
Winter 38-44 F
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Nearby Cities
Clinton, CT
Westbrook, CT
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Hammonasset Beach State Park

There is RV camping available at the park, with modern restrooms with flush toilets and showers, and dump stations available. If you decide to RV camp, you can rent one from RVshare.com, where you’ll find a variety of options - one is sure to be perfect for you and your family. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you with your RV trip. You can rent an RV near your home and head to the park on a road trip, or if you’d prefer, you can fly nearer to your destination and rent an RV there. Along with camping right inside the park, you can try one of these nearby campgrounds. 

Riverdale Farm Campsites

Riverdale Farm Campsites is part of a 100-acre colonial farm, with woods, water, and grassy meadows. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: n/a
  • Other amenities: showers, laundry, pond with swimming, playground, basketball and tennis courts

Little City Campground

The campground is located on picturesque grounds, and are a very quiet campground - perfect for families or those wanting a calmer vacation. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: swimming, bike paths, hiking 

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What to Do at
Hammonasset Beach State Park

Inside Hammonasset Beach State Park

There is plenty to do at the park! The Meigs Point Nature Center offers programs year-round, and you can wander through and look at information on the park as well. You can also enjoy biking, saltwater fishing, swimming, and hiking in the park.

Outside Hammonasset Beach State Park

Since it’s situated on the water, there are several quaint beach towns to visit for food, shopping, and sightseeing near the park. 

Restaurants

There are several places to eat after a long day of hiking and swimming at the beach! 

The Blue Oar

This seafood restaurant offers riverside seating. Drive your car - or boat - to the restaurant and enjoy the seafood. Be aware, The Blue Oar is BYOB and cash only. 

Type: Seafood

Location: Haddam, CT

Brushmill by the Waterfall

Classic American food with an elegant setting overlooking a sparkling waterfall. The 19th-century building has been expanded to include private dining rooms, a more casual dining experience in the tap room, or a meal on one of the dining terraces. The restaurant is family owned and operated. There is often live music during dinner as well.

Type: American

Location: Chester, CT

Shopping

Lori Warner Studio / Gallery

The gallery showcases a variety of mediums, and thought-provoking pieces. Look for a unique piece to bring home as a memento of your trip!

Location: Chester, CT

Sightseeing

Gillette Castle State Park

Straddling the towns of East Haddam and Lyme, this park features the former residence of actor William Gillette, who was most famous for playing Sherlock Holmes on-stage. Gillette oversaw every part of the construction of his home, which is made of local Connecticut field stone. Albert Einstein, Helen Hayes, and Charlie Chaplin all visited the castle when Gillette lived there. 

Location: East Haddam, CT

Staehly Farm Winery

This winery is the first in the county to offer fruit wines made from apples and other fruit grown right on the farm. The farm also has a market, greenhouses, and Christmas trees in season. Pop in for a wine tasting in the tasting room from May-October. 

Location: East Haddam, CT

Goodspeed Opera House

See what goes on behind the curtain in this historic Victorian building. The Opera House was built in 1876, and served as a militia base during WWI. In 1959, the building was restored and went on to achieve acclaim as a venue for operas and musical theater. 

Location: East Haddam, CT

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How to Get to
Hammonasset Beach State Park

From the north/Hartford area: Take I-91 south to Route 9 south. From Route 9, take Exit 9. Turn right (south) onto Route 81; continue down Route 81 until you run into I-95. Turn right onto I-95 south entrance ramp and go approximately 1 mile to Exit 62, then turn left off the exit. Head south 1 mile down Hammonasset connector, go straight through the light crossing Route 1 (Boston Post Road) into the park.

From the south area: Take I-95 north, Exit 62. Take a right off the exit ramp onto Hammonasset I-95 connector. Park entrance will be 1 mile ahead.

From the east/Rhode Island area: Take I-395 south onto I-95 south, Exit 62. Take a left off the exit and go approximately 1 mile. Go straight through the traffic light crossing Route 1 (Boston Post Road).

From the west/New York area: Take I-95 north, Exit 62. Take a right off the exit and go approximately 1 mile. Go straight through the traffic light crossing Route 1 (Boston Post Road) into the park.

Entering Hammonasset Beach State Park

There is a fee to enter Hammonasset Beach State Park if you're from out of state.

Weekdays : $15

Weekends : $22

Visiting Hammonasset Beach State Park is a wonderful way to experience the beautiful New England shoreline. There are so many activities and ways to learn about the history and ecology of the area.  While you’re on your trip, don’t forget to tag us in your social media posts or send us a photo and some details at [email protected]. We may just feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!