What to do in Haley Farm State Park

*This information was provided by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection*

A 0.8 mile bike trail winds its way through the scenic old shoreline farm. The Haley Farm Bike Trail, which is wheelchair accessible, is part of a 7 1/2 mile town-owned bikeway routed from Mystic to Groton on local roadways.

Connecticut's first governor, John Winthrop Jr., owned part of the farm in 1648. Over the years the land passed through various hands, including the Chester family in the 18th century, whose headstones are still on the property. When Caleb Haley owned and farmed the land in the late 19th to 20th centuries, he had a very unique hobby which can be seen throughout the park: the building of stone walls. Boulders found on the property were extracted and placed by an ox drawn stone-puller. The walls separated a number of pastures. Some remains of the farm's buildings are still visible near the entrance of the park.

In July of 1970, Life Magazine featured an article on Haley Farm titled "Battles Won". In 1963 efforts to protect the farm from being sold to developers began. The State of Connecticut agreed to match funds raised for the purchase of the farm. The Groton Open Space Commission led a successful fund raising effort that led to the purchase of the property. Haley Farm became an official Connecticut State Park in July of 1970.

Haley Farm has lovely bike trails and pit toilet facilities.

Haley Farm State Park is an excellent place for jogging and also hiking.

From I-95 (CT Turnpike): Take Groton Exit 88, turn right and go to the end. Left turn onto Route 1, go to the top of the hill and turn right onto Route 215. Take the first right, then the next right and go to the end.

The climate of this state involves a moderate amount of humidity, heat and cold. Summer highs reach 90 degrees F with low temperatures near 65 degrees. Evenings near the water can become cool and light jackets and sweaters are recommended. Winter temperatures average in the mid thirties during the day and in the teens at night. Rarely do temperatures dip to zero, especially in the southern portion of the state, where the water influences the more temperate weather.

90 Walbach Street
New London, CT 06320

Phone: 860-444-7591

Email: dep.stateparks@po.state.ct.us
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