New Haven, CT: Beach - Island Point Trail

This 5.8-miler loops in-and-around secluded islands of rare trees, diverse bird sanctuaries, and tranquil butterfly gardens in Hammonasset Beach State Park.
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This 5.8-miler loops in-and-around secluded islands of rare trees, diverse bird sanctuaries, and tranquil butterfly gardens in Hammonasset Beach State Park.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.3

Waypoints

HBT001

Location: 41.2634429931641, -72.5619125366211

Head S on multi-use trail to beach

HBT002

Location: 41.2631912231445, -72.5622482299805

Turn E along beach

HBT003

Location: 41.2603988647461, -72.5570678710938

Go R away from boardwalk, staying on beach

HBT004

Location: 41.251350402832, -72.5466995239258

Head SE toward Meigs Point, a WWII-era U.S. Military aircraft firing range

HBT005

Location: 41.2492485046387, -72.5446929931641

Start of Moraine Trail. Traverse rocky coast with views of L.I. Sound

HBT006

Location: 41.2502098083496, -72.5410614013672

Trail gets faint along rocky beach; keep N to wetlands. Note: Passage might be difficult at high tide

HBT007

Location: 41.252140045166, -72.5365219116211

End of Moraine Trail @ tidal flats of Clinton Harbor; West Rock pokes through surf; return to WPT 6 and go NW along thin barrier land

HBT008

Location: 41.2533187866211, -72.5449066162109

Turn R @ T onto Cedar Island Trail

HBT009

Location: 41.2538299560547, -72.5444030761719

Cedar Island Trail: Faint paths lead through shade huckleberry and black cherry trees to viewing platform

HBT010

Location: 41.2549095153809, -72.5387496948242

180° views of sound. Go back to WPT 9, then N to Willard Island Loop

HBT011

Location: 41.2588310241699, -72.5460586547852

Take mini-loop on Willard Island Nature Trail to bird viewing platform. Head .6 mi. back to WPT 4 past Meigs Point Nature Center and Butterfly Garden to return to car