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Camping at Hurd State Park River Camping

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Hurd State Park, located in Connecticut, is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking to engage in a variety of recreational activities such as hiking, picnicking, bird watching, and most notably, river camping. The park is known for its scenic vistas, including the Split Rock vista.

River Camping at Hurd State Park

River camping at Hurd State Park allows visitors to camp along the tranquil banks of the Connecticut River. This form of camping can provide a unique experience, with the gentle sounds of flowing water and the chance to see wildlife along the river's edge. However, as of my knowledge cutoff date in early 2023, camping at Hurd State Park is more of a primitive experience, focused on providing campers the chance to connect with nature.

Prior Reservation

  • While some parks may require reservations, it's essential to check the current rules and availability for Hurd State Park as policies change.
  • Reservations can usually be made through the official state park reservation system or through a third-party booking site if the state park has such arrangements.

Camping Season

  • Hurd State Park might have a designated camping season, often from early spring to late fall, but exact dates can vary.
  • Outside of the camping season, facilities such as running water or restrooms might not be available.

Facilities and Amenities

  • Primitive Camping: Expect minimal facilities. There might be designated fire pits and a rustic toilet, but don't count on running water or electricity.
  • Access to Water: Although river camping implies proximity to water, it's crucial to check if the water from the river is safe for drinking. It's recommended to bring your own drinking water or a reliable water purifying system.
  • Trash Disposal: Campers are typically required to practice "Leave No Trace" principles, which means carrying out everything you bring in, including trash.


  • Hiking: There are several trails in Hurd State Park for an array of skill levels, with some leading to panoramic views of the river.
  • Fishing: The Connecticut River might offer opportunities for fishing, but you would need a valid Connecticut fishing license.
  • Wildlife Watching: The river environment can be perfect for birdwatching or spotting other wildlife.

Safety Considerations

  • Weather: Always be prepared for the weather by checking forecasts and pack accordingly.
  • Wildlife: Store food securely to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.
  • Fire Safety: Follow any fire restrictions, and never leave fires unattended.
  • Water Safety: The current in the Connecticut River can be strong; exercise caution if swimming or boating.

Rules and Regulations

  • Campground Rules: Familiarize yourself with the campground's specific rules, particularly regarding noise levels, pets, and alcohol use.
  • Permits and Fees: Check if there are any required permits for camping, and pay necessary fees which could be used for maintenance of the park.
  • Campsite Capacity: There are usually limits on the number of people and tents per site.

Getting There

  • Hurd State Park is located off Route 151 in East Hampton, Connecticut. Detailed directions can be obtained from park maps or GPS services.

Before planning your trip, it's highly recommended to check the latest information provided by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection or contact the park directly for the most current details and any advisories concerning camping at Hurd State Park.

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