Sherwood Island State Park, on the shore of Long Island Sound in Westport Connecticut, covers 234 acres of beach, wetlands and woodlands. People come to the park to walk, bike, swim, fish, study nature, watch birds, fly kites, fly model airplanes, play volleyball, picnic, or just relax under the trees.
On the point at the center of the park’s shoreline, there is a Black Cherry tree that can be seen from miles around. It watches over Connecticut’s 9/11 Memorial.
The West side
West of the Point, beyond the West Beach, there is a walking trail through the West Woods (an oak forest). Behind the beach lies the western salt marsh. North of the marsh, a viewing platform overlooks the Sherwood Mill Pond. Under the trees, there are walking trails and picnic benches. Slide show.
The East side
East of the Point, behind the East Beach, the Tidal Marsh Nature Trail runs along the large eastern salt marsh to the creek that separates the park from Burying Hill beach. Slide show. Nature Trail map. About the salt marsh.
Also on the East side, the popular model airplane field.
The new Nature Center, on the east side, between the East Beach and the Nature Trail opened for the first time in 2009. Nature Center
April 29, 2007 proclaimed Sherwood Island State Park Day.
Seventy years ago, the legislature voted money to complete the purchase of the parkland. We celebrated on the 28th with visitors who planted 200 saplings, and proclamations from the Westport First Selectman and the Governor.
The day was sponsored by the Brooks Jones Committee, Friends of Sherwood Island State Park and Greens Farms Academy.
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The Charter Oak Pass to the State Parks and Forests is available free to Connecticut residents 65 years of age or older.
Season passes allow unlimited vehicle access to any state park or recreation area that has a parking fee.