Sherwood Island State Park, Westport

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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.
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.
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  • 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‚Äôs 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.

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