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A nice hike at Hammonasset Beach State Park. It is an excellent birding area.
A muliticache with a bench for part one and small tupperware for part two. Willard's Island is an island in the sense that it is surrounded by marsh. Kid friendly, with the beach, the jetty and Meig's Point Nature Center nearby... Day Use Fee FREE FOR CARS WITH CT PLATES. There is a fee charged by the State of Connecticut roughly from April through September. (Weekdays $15 out of state, Weekends $22 out of state) The park closes at sunset. At the coordinates given, you will find a bench. Who donated it?: A. Friends of Hammonasset: goto N 41' 15.678 W 72' 32.655 B. Friends of wing-it: goto N 41' 15.777 W 72' 33.000 C. Manunkatuck Audubon Society: goto 41' 15.280 W 72' 32.395 D. State of Connecticut: goto N 41' 15.517 W 072' 32.446 At one time the Boston Post Road swung south from its present route, ran easterly along the beach, went past the Meigs Island Farm and out a long treed peninsula to Cedar Island where it crossed the Hammonasset River. All that is left of the old route is the treed stretch heading towards Cedar Island. You can see rut marks in some of the rocks and can see how many of the rocks were pushed aside to make the way more passable for the stage with its cargo of mail and passengers.