Sherwood Island State Park is a public recreation area on the shore of Long Island Sound in the Greens Farms section of Westport, Connecticut. The state park offers swimming, fishing, and other activities on of beach, wetlands, and woodlands. The park is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Because state purchase of land at the site occurred as early as 1914, Sherwood Island is numbered as Connecticut's first state park.Make Sherwood Island State Park part of your personalized Westport itinerary using our Westport online journey planner .
The park is bounded on the west by the Sherwood Mill Pond and on the south by Long Island Sound. It is separated from the mainland by creeks and ditches. The park's beaches are 6000ft long, more than a mile. Waves on the beach separate three different colors of sand into separate lines — red (garnet), black (magnetite) and white (quartz) are sorted by the waves because each type has a different density and shape.
In the 1640s, several colonists from the Town of Fairfield, who came to be known as the "Bankside Farmers," settled in the area that included Fox Island, which was later renamed Sherwood Island, administering the island in common.
Sherwood Island State Park Reviews
It is a beautiful spot in the summer to swim. The park is large and offers great walking any time of the year. It is a fantastic place to look for migratory birds in the Winter. You can not launch and... more »
I went there for the first time on August 20.2019 I found the park to be very relaxing. Except you need water shoes to go in the water. There’s a lot of broken shells and rocks that are sharp. And the... more »
What a beautiful park! It's now free for all CT residents to park here, and the bathroom facilities are plenty, and pretty well kept. There's a snack stand on East Beach, and plenty of parking. A great beach for kite flying, walking, running, tanning, swimming, playing in the sand, or just plain ol' relaxing! There's also a quaint little nature center over on the East beach side as well. Very kid friendly, and the staff up there is really nice.
Pretty decent and clean beach. Not too many people around, so you can have your own space. Definitely recommend water shoes as there is a decent amount of rocks leading up to the water and a bit into it as well. Overall just a quick drive from the city and better than other options.
Plan your trip to Westport
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Westport
Plans to Sherwood Island State Park by other users
33 days in Connecticut's Fairfield County BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Connecticut's Fairfield County BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Westport BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Connecticut BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 31 days in Connecticut BY A USER FROM BRAZIL July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 49 days in Connecticut BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium