I like to get outdoors and walk, especially if my surroundings are beautiful. I enjoy sharing my favorite spots with others.
Walking Haley Farm State Park, Groton, Connecticut
The weather is Connecticut has been ideal for hiking these past few days in June. Yesterday, Jim and I climbed Mount Misery. Today, I promised Jim a nice flat easy walk at Haley Farm, Groton.
Haley Farm is a small State Park tucked away on a side street, off another side street. It's a great place for a leisurely walk with a choice of paths. It is also one of my favorite spots for an old fashioned "lay a blanket down" picnic on the grass.
There is no admission or parking fee.
If you want a really long walk you can walk to the end of Haley Farm park, cross a railroad bridge and head over to Bluff Point State Park.
You can make this walk super long and challenging if you are so inclined or just keep it a leisurely stroll.
Haley Farm State Park is a great place to visit
The trail is flat and wheelchair accessible for quite a distance
The paths are pretty hard packed in most places. While I wouldn't recommend the paths in the rain, on a dry day you can negotiate most of them in a wheelchair.
Let's Begin With a Map and An Overview - (Sorry it's a little askew)
This map is posted at the entrance. There are also little pocket size maps to take with you.
If you find the "Park Entrance" (right middle) on the map, there is a dotted line trail leading from it. --Look close it is faint as it is dotted. (Maybe you can see the (0.12) (0.12) mile markers). This is a gravel biking trail. It is also wide and handicapped accessible. In fact, when we were walking there was a gentleman pushing his wife in a wheelchair down this path.
If you stay on this trail it will eventually lead to the railroad bridge over to Bluff Point State Park -- indicated in bright orange.
If you choose one of the solid lined paths they are a little narrower and either dirt or grass. Some of these lead to Palmer Cove and Goose Pond where you may get a chance to see osprey.
Along the gravel bike path - The air was scented with honeysuckle and wild roses.
One of the other paths is a mowed grassy path
You need not walk in the tall grasses a path is mowed for you.
Off in the distance is Palmer Cove. You may see osprey and other wild birds here.
Along Goose Pond - The grassy path narrows as it heads back to the parking lot
Haley Farm State Park
The park is located off of Route 215 just a little past Fitch High School.
It's quite close to Mystic, Connecticut. If you are planning a trip to Mystic, this would be an interesting walk to take.
Haley Farm, Groton, CT
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Ellen Gregory
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Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on August 09, 2013:
@anonymous: It really is a very beautiful and peaceful place. Maybe you will get a chance to visit some day.
anonymous on August 09, 2013:
I grew up right there at Haley Farm. I remember as a child running along these paths and climbing the stone walls every day. My dad would saddle up our horses and take us all through the park. The beauty of it is indescribabele! I live in florida now and seeing these photos really makes me home sick.
bbsoulful2 on September 01, 2012:
I love a good hike, and am not averse to having to "scramble" a bit. I love your hike series. Angel blessed...
William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on July 27, 2012:
I'm a walker, at present... Love short hikes. Working back up to longer hikes, after finally losing some weight, and recovering from a surgery... Walk, walk, walk! Thanks for a neat lens! ;-)
Kristen from Wisconsin on July 04, 2012:
I love to take leisurely strolls through great scenic locations. This State Park looks gorgeous, thanks for sharing!
anonymous on June 20, 2012:
Just managed to hike across to this lens... and it was a delightful effort reaching here... (traveling virtually!) :)
Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on June 19, 2012:
@ismeedee: This would only be an hours drive from Eastern Massachusetts -- no plane needed.
Zebedee32 on June 19, 2012:
Looks very beautiful. I live in the West of England and go for hill walks all the time.
Appollonia on June 19, 2012:
Beautiful pictures! Makes me want to go for a walk.
ismeedee on June 19, 2012:
I think CT must be an ideal state for walks and cycling as it is relatively more flat than my home state of Mass. I have always thought it pretty anyway, and this park looks really lovely...ah, if I could just jump on a plane!
Marlies Vaz Nunes from Amsterdam, the Netherlands on June 19, 2012:
I'd love to walk there, but a bit far away for me! ;-)
Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on June 18, 2012:
Living in western bc I am blessed with similar scenery to that of Haley Farm Sate Park, the gifts of nature in abundance. Really enjoyed the lovely pictures.
EEWorkouts on June 18, 2012:
I love hiking. Tallulah Falls Gorge in Ga is beautiful, especially if you can get one of the gorge floor permits. Some parts are a pretty trickyâ¦
JoshK47 on June 18, 2012:
Looks like a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!