Officials: State park parking lots could fill up during holiday weekend

State parks, especially those with swimming areas, may reach parking capacity early in the day during the three-day July Fourth holiday weekend.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy enjoys a lighter moment at Indian Well State Park in Shelton during a 2013 visit, joined by lifeguards Beau Andrea, 17, of Ansonia, center, and Amber Thomson, 18, of Ansonia.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy enjoys a lighter moment at Indian Well State Park in shelton during a 2013 visit, joined by lifeguards Beau Andrea, 17, of Ansonia, center, and Amber Thomson, 18, of Ansonia.

With the Fourth falling on a Friday, signaling the beginning of a long weekend, we expect our parks to be very busy,” said Robert Klee, the state commissioner who oversees Connecticut’s 107 state parks, including Indian Well in Shelton.

“As you plan your holiday weekend and visits to state parks, plan ahead and anticipate some traffic and crowds — especially if you plan to visit Connecticut’s shoreline parks with swimming areas,” Klee said.

 

Check Twitter for parking updates

Klee suggested people head out early in the day, and check Twitter before doing so for parking news and learn about other nearby parks you may want to visit. (See details below.)

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Connecticut’s state parks.

State parks that often close due to full parking capacity during summer weekends and holidays include:

— Squantz Pond, New Fairfield

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The entrance sign at Indian Well State Park on Route 110 in Shelton.

— Rocky Neck, East Lyme

— Pattaconk, Chester

— Wadsworth Falls, Middlefield

— Sleeping Giant, Hamden

— Millers Pond, Durham

— Kent Falls, Kent

 

Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison has a large parking area and rarely closes due to capacity issues.

 

Twitter, Facebook accounts to monitor

Announcements of parks that are filled to capacity are made on Twitter and Facebook at the following addresses:

Twitter:

 

Twitter.com/CTDEPoutdoorrec

For general information about the park system and outdoor recreation in Connecticut, including closures.

 

Twitter.com/CTrockyneck

Specific to Rocky Neck, with updates posted about activities at the park as well as parking conditions.

 

Twitter.com/CThammonasset

Specific to Hammonasset and activities for campers, folks looking to visit Meigs and general park conditions.

 

Twitter.com/CTsherwoodislnd

Specific to Sherwood Island and activities at the park, including parking.

 

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/CTStateParks

Information about Connecticut state parks, including upcoming events and activities.

 

www.ct.gov/deep/stateparks

A full list of state parks, their location and directions to them.

 

 

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