Saturday, April 7, 2012

Bluff Point State Park & Coastal Reserve, Groton, CT

April 7, 2012
Distance: 6.0 miles
Time: 2 hours 53 minutes
Bluff Point State Park
Parking: Large parking lot on Depot Rd.
Restrooms: Pit toilets
Post hike dinner: Mangetout New London, CT
Directions: AMCs Best Day Hikes in Connecticut - though we extended the listed hike

Most of the trails are wide carriage roads, which have joggers, mountain bicyclists, walkers, and occasionally horses. Plenty of other dogs as well. This is an easy hike, so there were many people.
We kept the dogs on leash, except to let them go swimming. The beaches tended to be pebbly & had tons of sea shells. Not sandy. We did go off the main trail and walked along the salt marshes when we could. They were more secluded, but very muddy walking.

Walking along the salt marshes - there is a faint trail through the grass which we tried to follow as long as we could.

Swimming along Bushy Point Beach

Map of the main trails of the park.
The main loop is 3.7 miles long, but by taking additional trails, we extended the trip to 6 miles.

Standing in front of a split rock - glacial erratic

We took a path to Mumford Cove. Very muddy beach, where we saw 2 people looking for clams/oysters. 

Final swim at Mumford Cove

Year to date miles: 111.9

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