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East Lyme, CT
Rocky Neck State Park
Rocky Neck is one of the most visited state parks in Connecticut, notable for its distinct geology and unusual diversity of recreational opportunities on the Sound. Visitors of all ages are drawn to activities from camping to scuba diving to nature walks, and interactive displays at the nature center provide context for the many outdoor activities interspersed among wildlife habitat. The 710 acres include a rare example of a coastal thicket, an area dense with shrubs and young trees in passage between being a meadow and forest. Architecture enthusiasts are sure to explore the historic stone Ellie Mitchell Pavilion, which was built in 1936 by the State Park and Forest Commission using native stones and timber from each of Connecticut’s state parks.