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Wharton Brook State Park
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Wharton Brook State Park late fall fishing © craig m zacarelli
fly fisher in pond at wharton brook in North Haven CT.
Wharton Brook State Park Wharton Brook fed Lake © Gary Jordan
This small lake privides a swimming area in the summer months. Wharton Brook State Park is a designated Trout Park.
Wharton Brook State Park Park Facilities © Gary Jordan
Closed in the winter.
Wharton Brook State Park © craig m zacarelli
Wharton Brook State Park Spillway © Gary Jordan
This is the summer spillway. In the summer it provides the lake its maxium depth.
Wharton Brook State Park Pavilion © Gary Jordan
The pavillion provides shelter, grills and an area for picnics in the spring, summer and fall months.
Wharton Brook State Park Scenic Picnic Area © Debra J. Stepnowski
Beautiful picnic area overlooks brook-fed pond.
Wharton Brook State Park Beach Area © Debra J. Stepnowski
Mallard ducks frolic in the distance along a sandy knoll.
Wharton Brook State Park Wharton Brook Pond © Debra J. Stepnowski
Beaucolic views of the pond offer a relaxing serenity.
Wharton Brook State Park Knarly Pine © Debra J. Stepnowski
The root system of this old pine creates an artistic scene along the banks of the pond.
Wharton Brook State Park Pine Tree Path © Debra J. Stepnowski
Paths paved with pine needles provide a cushiony stroll.
Wharton Brook State Park Soothing Waterfall © Debra J. Stepnowski
The calming trickles of this little waterfall enhance the pretty fall foliage reflections.
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200 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, Connecticut   06518

Phone: 203-789-7498
Toll Free: 866-287-2757
Email: park email button icon
Located on wooded, sandy knolls, Wharton Brook offers solitude for a quiet, peaceful picnic.
History of the Area
In 1918-1920, this Park was known as a traveler's wayside; motorists could stop to have their cars serviced and enjoy a quiet picnic lunch. The park was the forerunner of the rest areas developed by the State Department of Transportation.
Connecticut has made state parks, forests, trails, historic sites and beaches more accessible to our residents so they can enjoy the many attractions and beauty they offer. Under the Passport to the Parks program, parking fees are now eliminated at Connecticut State Parks for those with Connecticut registered vehicles. You can view the CONNECTICUT PASSPORT TO THE PARKS web page to learn more.

- Main Loop Trail: This is a 1.3-mile loop trail that circles around the park's main pond, offering scenic views of waterfowl and other wildlife; it features an easy terrain suitable for all skill levels.

- Nature Interpretive Trail: A shorter route at approximately half a mile long, this path offers educational signage about local flora and fauna; ideal for families with children or those interested in learning more about nature.

- Picnic Grove Pathway: Located near the picnic area, this short pathway provides access to several grills and tables scattered throughout the grove; not typically used for hiking but can be incorporated into longer walks within the park.

- Fishing Access Trails: Several small trails branch off from both sides of Wharton Brook Drive leading directly to fishing spots along Wharton Brook itself - these are unmarked paths primarily utilized by anglers rather than hikers.

- Southern Perimeter Hiking Route: An unofficial trail following along southern edge of state park boundary line - length unknown due its informal status among regular visitors who prefer solitude away from busier areas.

Note that there aren't many official marked trails within Wharton State Park as most pathways serve dual purposes such as providing access points to recreational facilities like swimming pool or playgrounds besides their use as walking routes through natural surroundings.
Things To Do in the Area
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CT Bike Tours.Com, LLC - GUILFORD, CT
Family Outting
Our Shoreline Bike Boat Tour is a leisurely paced guided ride along the coast on gently rolling hills. We combine it with a narrated 45 minute boat tour of the lovely Thimble Islands. If you have your own bikes and helmets, bring them. Custom guided rides are also available. Minimum age allowed is 16 yrs. old. The bicycle guide, boat tour, bikes, helmets and refreshments are all provided, all you need is your energy
4.5 miles from park*
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Explore the Connecticut River aboard the R/V River Quest, an environmentally friendly 64', 60 passenger vessel docked at Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam, CT.
15.4 miles from park*

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From I-91 (north or south): take Exit 13. Take a left at the end of the long exit ramp onto Route 5 south. Park entrance is a tenth of a mile on the left.

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