Earlier this fall, I had the opportunity to visit Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve in Groton, CT. After reading such wonderful reviews, I admittedly had high expectations, and I am happy to report that I was definitely not disappointed! Bluff Point is so unique compared to most other trails I have hiked in Connecticut. I am so used to scrambling up forest-covered mountains just to reach the view from the top. As enjoyable as some of those hikes have been, the coastal trails of Bluff Point added a much-needed diversity to my perception of hiking in CT. Though parts of the trail are surrounded by forest, there is a rare sense of protected openness.
Despite the fact that I arrived just after sunrise, there were already quite a few people enjoying the many uses of the park. Some had started their early morning jogs, while others took to the trails on bicycles. I have to admit that I was a little jealous that local residents have such a wonderful place to carry out their morning routines!
The constant change in scenery is sure to satisfy all visitors. Aside from the incredible views from the coast, there is a short side trail that opens up to beautiful marshlands – hands down my favorite point of the trip. Just before reaching the bluff, there is a small but gorgeous beach on the right, only adding to list of why Bluff Point is perfect for families. Kids will definitely enjoy searching for hermit crabs along the shore while parents can appreciate the beauty of this classic New England setting.
The park is also home to a variety of wildlife. I could not believe how many different types of birds there were! Blue jays, sandpipers, warblers, and the list goes on. To any birdwatchers out there, here is your haven.
As the 800 acres of this reserve are mainly flat, these trails do not discriminate against any level of hiker, making Bluff Point a perfect outing for people of all abilities. Bluff Point is also dog-friendly, which my own little terrier was happy to hear.
The only letdown from my excursion was a listed feature on the map called Sunset Rock. Here I was, searching for it along the coast, assuming that this rock must be the ideal place to watch the sunset. Silly me. It was not until I travelled inland and found … a very large boulder in the middle of the woods. Had there not been a sign, I would never have known it was there. Apparently, this used to be the best sunset spot, but since then the forest has taken its views. With all the other amazing things to see in this park, I wouldn’t go out of your way to go to Sunset Rock.
Bluff Point is truly a place of serenity, a quality that seems to be respected by all visitors. If you are looking for a quiet walk with breath-taking backdrops, Bluff Point is your answer.