What You Need to Know About Rocky Neck State Park

Rocky Neck State Park

When you’re looking for a change of pace during your visit to Mystic, take a trip to Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme! There are plenty of great ways to enjoy the park, and the fresh air and sunshine are sure to relax you. Come, enjoy the great outdoors and have some fun in the sun at Rocky Neck State Park. Here’s what you should know before you go!

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Rocky Neck State Park is the Perfect Day Trip

Near the cozy town of East Lyme along the Long Island Sound, you’ll find the 700+ acre Rocky Neck State Park. It’s a little oasis ripe for your discovery! Just 20 miles from Mystic, the park offers many kinds of terrain, including a white sand beach and crystal clear water! On a warm summer day, you may just think you’re in the Bahamas! The area has been a day-trip favorite of locals since 1931 when the park was reserved by conservationists. When you’re planning your next, spring or summer getaway to the area, definitely put Rocky Neck State Park on the list!

Things to Do at the Park


There are miles of beautiful hiking trails in the park for those who want to get out and get moving. Explore the interesting coastal features, take a hike through the woods, and finish with a dip in the crystal clear water! Don’t forget to take a map with you!


For those interested in a science lesson, the park features intriguing geology! Explore the pegmatite veins, spot the granitic gneiss, and keep an eye out for minerals like feldspar, biotite, tourmaline, and garnet! Many of the hiking trails at Rocky Neck State Park also feature glacial boulders, perfect for pictures!


What better way to relax the day away than by spending it on the white sands at Rocky Neck State Park? Get your tan on or take a dip in the crystal clear water! You may just think you’re in an island paradise! This oasis is the perfect way to change it up on a vacation afternoon.

Things to Know About the Park Before You Go

Rocky Neck State Park requires a fee to park from Memorial Day to Labor Day on the weekends and holidays. Also, a lesser fee permits you into the park on weekdays.

To get to the park, follow the turnpike connector south to Route 156. Turn left and take Route 156 east for 1/4 mile to the park. The park street address is 244 West Main Street (Route 156).

Make the Short Trip from Mystic

When you need a good change up to your vacation plan, Rocky Neck State Park is a great place to start! The beautiful park is just a short drive from Stonecroft Country Inn, too. When you stay with us, you’ll get the very best of rustic comfortable luxury. Browse our cozy rooms and find features like fireplaces, rough-hewn beams, and plenty of space to spread out. Then, when you’re ready to book your next visit to Mystic, contact us to book your stay. We are eager to accommodate you!