Rocky Neck State Park RV & Campground Guide
Located on Long Island Sound near the bustling communities of Waterford and Old Lyme, Connecticut, Rocky Neck State Park has a bit of everything. Before becoming a state park in the 1930s, Rocky Neck spent the 19th century as a plot for various fertilizer companies. Nowadays, this 708-acre park is open to the public and boasts tidal rivers and white sand beaches. Higher up, a 356-foot wood and stone pavilion stands as a reminder of the struggles of the Great Depression and is the largest Depression-era structure in Connecticut. Rocky Neck State Park is great for many activities, including fishing, hiking, and picnicking.
RV Resorts & Campsites in Rocky Neck State Park
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Aces High RV Park
If you're looking for a relaxing atmosphere Aces High RV Park is great for just that. This RV park feels like a close-knit community, complete with a pool, playground, and a river for boating and fishing. Amenities include water and electric hookups at 30 or 50 amps. A dump station and cable TV are available. Rates range from $85 to $95 a night.
The Island RV Park
At The Island RV Park, you can find yourself a lovely spot on the shores of Pattagansett Lake. Each RV site comes with cable TV and Wi-Fi, so you can always find out more about nearby attractions. Each spot comes with a picnic table and firepit, so be sure to relax around the fire. With 20- and 30-amp electric hookups, fresh water, a dump station, and clean showers, you'll have everything you'll need to rest in comfort. Rates vary from $70 to $95 a day.
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What to Do at
Rocky Neck State Park
Inside Rocky Neck State Park
There's plenty of opportunity for adventure at Rocky Neck State Park. If you're in the mood for relaxation, hang out on the white sandy beaches. Animal watchers will love it as you can find waterfowl like ospreys and herons. Go fishing, or try crabbing for something a little different. Visit the Rocky Neck Pavilion and have a party on its second floor. Add in some hiking trails, and you have something for everyone.
Outside Rocky Neck State Park
There's no end to the activities you can do around Rocky Neck State Park. If you're looking for unique restaurants and shops, Filomena's Italian cuisine and Connecticut River Artisans' handmade items have you covered. If you want to learn a little about the Revolutionary War, give William Hart's home a visit.
If you're looking for some great Italian cuisine, Filomena's should be on your list. You can order such entrees as pan-fried mozzarella, homemade spring rolls, or shrimp cocktails. If you want something a little out of the ordinary, try the Italian-style nachos or a blue cheese burger with Angus beef, blue cheese, and bacon. The menu is packed to the brim with everything, from seafood to pasta.
Location: 262 Boston Post Road #1, Waterford, CT 06385
At Caffe NV you can order all sorts of Mediterranean-style items, from coffee to desserts. Try their popular goat cheese spread with sun-dried tomatoes and pesto and served with a French Baguette. If you want something spicy, put your taste buds to the test with the buffalo shrimp, served with celery and blue cheese. They also have soups, salads, and burgers.
Location: 57 Boston Post Road, Waterford, CT 06385
It's hard to go wrong with pizza, so be sure to give Teddy's Old Lyme Pizza Palace a visit. Try their mozzarella pizza or their gluten-free options. Other pizzas include the Greek style, with tomatoes, onions, feta cheese, garlic, and more. In addition, they carry meat lovers' and Hawaiian pizza, along with a good old veggie pizza.
Location: 264 Shore Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Those looking to get a taste of the sea should head to Liv's Oyster Bar & Restaurant for some of their General Tso's Fried Shrimp. Other options include roasted cod or the classic beer-battered fish and chips. They also have soups and burgers.
Type: Seafood, American
Location: 166 Main St., Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Aspen Restaurant is unique in that not only are all their ingredients fresh, but they also have menus for different times of the year. Their Mother's Day menu has Everything Crusted Salmon, served with fingerlings, squash-tomato saute, and dill yogurt. Another option is Asian crusted tuna, with sesame noodles, bok choy, and wasabi. The Spring menu is great for anyone looking for a good NY Strip Steak with mashed potatoes and asparagus.
Type: American, Bar
Location: 2 Main St., Old Saybrook, CT 06475
If you're looking for something unique to add to your home, Artful Gift Shop lives up to its name. Choose between handblown glass art, handbags, and hundreds of other items. Artisans from all over the world send their products here, so you'll always find something interesting.
Location: 1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Oakdale, CT 06370
Kay's Hallmark Shop
If you're looking to spruce up your RV trip, check out Kay's Hallmark Shop. Here you can find all kinds of ornaments for any occasion. Do you want to surprise a special someone? They also offer greeting cards and gift wrap. They also carry ceramic mugs and much more.
Location: 850 Hartford Turnpike, Waterford, CT 06385
At The Bowerbird you can find a little of the everything. Thousands of vendors hawk their wares here, and you can find anything from children's toys to kitchen products. They also carry baby items, clothing, food, and jewelry.
Location: 46 Halls Rd, Old Lyme, CT 06371
At Connecticut River Artisans, you can rest assured that every item you lay eyes on is made with a personal touch. Vendors from all over come here with anything from handbags and clothing to jewelry and pillows. If you're looking for a gift for someone in tune with nature, be sure to check out their plant-themed earrings and ornaments. They also sell china plates and other items.
Location: 55 Main St, Essex, CT 06426
If you or someone you know has an insatiable sweet tooth, give The Chocolate Shell a visit. You'll find every kind of chocolate known to man here, from dark chocolate and milk chocolate to white chocolate. It doesn't stop there, though. They also carry candy bars from most major brands, along with products like Air Heads and Swedish Fish.
Location: 16B Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Emmy's On Main is a great place to visit if you're looking for gifts, such as candles and handmade jewelry. Many of their handcrafted items feature a nautical theme, so they're perfect for the boaters in your life. You can also find scarves and tote bags here.
Location: 45 Main St, Essex, CT 06426
General William Hart House
This house was built in 1767 by an American Revolutionary War Soldier by the name of William Hart, Jr. Before the time of the war, he was an ordinary merchant, just trying to make a living. Later on, he was one of the candidates for Governor of Connecticut, but that was never to be. After he passed, the home was used as a boarding school. The house is now owned by the Old Saybrook Historical Society and is open to the public.
Location: 350 Main St, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Nehantic State Forest is a fascinating place; it occupies space in three communities. Part of it lies in the town of Lyme, while two other parts sit in East Lyme and Salem. Altogether, the forest lies on almost 5,100 acres of land. Nehantic State Forest is a great place for hiking and boating. Be sure to take a trip out on the 69-acre Uncas Pond or the 30-acre Norwich Pond. The Nayantiquit Trail can be found in the Lyme section of the forest.
Location: 29 Willow Ln, East Lyme, CT 06333
Hole in the Wall Beach
If you're looking for a place to walk and take in some beautiful scenery, the Hole in the Wall is fantastic. Stroll along the boardwalk, and take in the white sand beaches and glimmering sapphire waters. While the beach is open all year, it is lightly trafficked.
Location: 4 Baptist Lane, Niantic, CT 06357
Harkness Memorial State Park rests upon 304 acres. The former home of historical philanthropists Edward and Mary Harkness, the grounds now boast an expansive botanical garden, which is now open to the public. You can sign up for tours or take a seat at one of the many picnic areas.
Location: 275 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT 06385
How to Get to
Rocky Neck State Park
Rocky Neck State Park is located in southern-central Connecticut. Head northeast on I-95 North, and then, take exit 73 for Society Road. Turn left onto West Society Road. After 0.2 miles, merge onto I-95 S via the ramp on the left to New Haven. Merge onto I-95 South, and take exit 72 toward Rocky Neck/State Park. Continue for half a mile. Use any lane to turn left onto CT-156 East. Rocky Neck State Park will be on the right.
Entering Rocky Neck State Park
Rocky Neck State Park is open all year from 8 a.m. to dusk.
Entry fee (Connecticut vehicles) : $0
Entry fee (non-Connecticut vehicles, weekdays) : $15
Entry fee (non-Connecticut vehicles, weekdays after 4pm) : $7
Entry fee (non-Connecticut vehicles, weekends) : $22
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