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Harkness Memorial State Park is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Waterford, Connecticut that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from August until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.3 mi Elevation gain 39 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Fishing Nature trips Paddle sports Road biking Walking Bird watching Running Beach Views
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Note: Dogs are not allowed on the beach.

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Sally Rogers
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Always a pleasure

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Christopher Rakha
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Matt Bigos
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Not really a hiking trail but overall a nice loop. Lots of people here, dog friendly as well! Bug free!

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Stephanie Vaughan
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Hiking

Beautiful beachfront trail!

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Olivia Martin
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Mossy Bradley
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Pretty views but dogs aren’t allowed on the sandy parts of the beach and half of the trail is closed off to the public.

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ashley vanbeek
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this park is beautiful. really big and open. so much room to have picnics, fly kites, play sports , ect. usually pretty crowded tho. can walk down to the beach .swimming is not allowed tho

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Alyssa Shepard
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Hiking

Beach is closed.

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Maya Milic-Strkalj
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Short walk. Great ocean views from the beach. Can be quite windy. Free parking. Looks as if there'd be pretty gardens outside the mansion along the walk, but came in winter.

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Chris (Dirty Bird) Perry
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The best times to visit CT beaches is during the off season. Nobody around but a couple people flying a kite on the grass field. Some cool pink seaweed was washed ashore, and the beach was in great condition. There was a swan in the ocean, which I thought was a little off, but more power to it. I was able to walk around the mansion and gardens, and take a look at the architecture without a bunch of people bustling around. The preserve trail on the west side of the property is a great little marsh walk, with a bird blind for easy birding.

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Miriam Vigo
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If you’re looking for tranquility this is a great place to go.

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D P
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Hiking

Nice walk in the park. Scenic throughout.

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Carlos Antonio Castro
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Nice little stroll for sky’s the limit challenge. All the photo locations are along this route.

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Thomas Musser
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very pretty with a nice beach, large open grass fields for all sorts of play, a small apple orchard and a large stone house. A park more than a trail. Nice place to read a book, fly a kite or walk the dog.

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june ranfone
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Hiking

This has to be the most blend of coastal, meadow, marsh and grassy fields of grassland ever. This is a perfect park for relaxing day for any occasion.

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Jim Wheeler
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DId this for the CT DEEP's Sky's The Limit hiking challenge. No official trail to follow as it's all open space. We made a loop to follow the recommended hiking locations. Great trip!

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Maria Treichel
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Maria Treichel
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Jubilee Nalelza
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Sarah Pilliard
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Dana Vogel
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J Will
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Zack Beaulieu
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Ashley Higgins
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Angela Jones
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Ashley Higgins
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Richard E Boardman
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Kristen Youngberg
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Crystal Simmons
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Va Ma
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