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Overview of Gay City State Park

Gay City State Park is a publicly owned recreation area located in Hebron, Connecticut, USA. The park offers a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and swimming. It gets its name from a now-abandoned 18th-century village once home to the Gay family, which was known for its mill industry.

Camping Information

As of my knowledge cutoff date in early 2023, Gay City State Park does not offer camping facilities within its boundaries. The park is primarily a day-use area that provides other recreational opportunities. However, rules and offerings can change, so it's always best to check the latest information from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) or the state park's official website before planning your visit.

Day Use Entrance

Hours: The day use entrance hours for Gay City State Park typically follow state park operating hours, which are from 8:00 am to sunset. Some parks may have different opening times, so it's always a good idea to verify the specific hours for the day of your visit.

Parking Fees: There may be parking fees applicable for vehicle entry, especially during the peak season or on weekends and holidays. Connecticut residents might have parking fees waived if they have a valid Connecticut vehicle registration.

Activities: Gay City State Park offers a variety of activities that include:

  • Hiking: The park has over 1500 acres of land, with multiple trails suitable for all skill levels.
  • Swimming: There's a designated swimming area at the park's pond during the summer months.
  • Fishing: The pond is stocked with trout and is a popular spot for fishing.
  • Picnicking: There are picnic tables and grills available for public use.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The park is a good place for birdwatching and observing other wildlife.

Safety and Regulations

General Rules:

  • Follow the leave no trace principles to preserve the park's natural state.
  • Keep pets on a leash and clean up after them.
  • Alcohol consumption may be restricted in the park.
  • Keep noise levels down to respect wildlife and other visitors.

Safety Tips:

  • Check the weather forecast before you head out.
  • Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and plenty of water.
  • Stay on marked trails to protect the environment and for your own safety.


Accessibility in state parks can vary. Visitors with disabilities can contact the park management in advance to inquire about the accessibility of facilities and trails.

Contact Information and Resources

For the most current information about Gay City State Park, including day use entrance details, parking fees, and any advisories or updates:

  • Contact: Connecticut DEEP State Parks Division
  • Phone: You can find the latest contact numbers on the DEEP's official website.
  • Online Resources: Visit the Connecticut DEEP's official website or the Gay City State Park's webpage for the latest information, alerts, and guide maps.

Remember that it's always best practice to ensure you have the most up-to-date information before you plan your activities, to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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