Hiking to Bluff Point Beach & More Connecticut State Parks

If you’re seeking the perfect adventure destination, head North to New England. The state of Connecticut boasts some of the most stunning scenery in the country, from beautiful coastlines to wooded forests. One of the most popular places to take in this stunning shoreline is Bluff Point Beach at Bluff Point State Park. This 800 acres includes forests, tidal wetlands, and a barrier beach. The habitat here is ideal for birding and wildlife viewing. 

Bluff Point State Park, located in Groton, CT, is a stunning addition to any Mystic getaway, especially when you hike along the Poquonnok River down to Bluff Point Beach on the Long Island Sound. Plan ahead and pack a picnic; you’ll find benches along the way with beautiful views from the bluff, or you can lay out a blanket on the white sands. 

Our elegant bed and breakfast in Mystic is a quick, under 20-minute drive—incredibly scenic, we might add—to Bluff Point State Park. After a day hiking and soaking up the sunshine, you’ll be ready to retire to your comfortable guest room to relax and freshen up. We have ten rooms, each of which is unique with antique appointments and luxurious amenities. We can’t wait to host you! Book our romantic bed and breakfast in Mystic today! 

Bluff Point Beach at Bluff Point State Park is a lovely place for an afternoon hike

Bluff Point Beach & More Connecticut State Parks

Opportunities for outdoor recreation are endless at this popular Connecticut coastal reserve! Plenty of trails here will no doubt excite any avid hikers; the Bluff Point State Park Trail is 3.6 miles long and provides an excellent loop for walking or jogging. Bluff Point State Park mountain biking is also popular due to the coastal reserve area’s challenging terrain and beautiful scenery.  

Fishing is also a relaxing pastime! Cast your line from Poquonock Cove or Bluff Point Beach. Numerous species of fish call these coastal marshes, rivers, and sparkling sounds home, including summer and winter flounder, blackfish, striped bass, bluefish, and many others. There are also plenty of convenient boat launch areas. 

For those who prefer viewing wildlife in the sky and on dry land, there are more than 200 different types of birds in the diverse habitats here. Look for blue herons, sandpipers, falcons, owls, and many others.  

More Connecticut State Parks near Mystic: 

While heading to Bluff Point Beach is a must, there’s a lovely selection of other Connecticut State Parks and nature preserves to add to your itinerary. 

  1. Haley Farm State Park: This Connecticut nature preserve has trails and a bike path. The area was once dedicated to farmland during the Colonial period, and there are even ruins of an old farmhouse and other historical landmarks.
  2. Harkness Memorial State Park: This State Park is a bit further of a drive out to Waterford, CT, but it’s well worth the adventure. You’ll find beautiful seaside gardens and a 40-room Roman Renaissance Classical Revival-style mansion.
  3. Stoddard Hill State Park: Just over a 10-minute drive north from our Mystic Bed and Breakfast, this Connecticut State Park sits along the Thames River. The 55-acre recreation area is ideal for boating, fishing, and hiking.
  4. Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park: This former American defense fortification is situated on 17 acres and offers well-maintained walking paths with historical markers. Visitors can meander through monuments and memorials scattered across the expansive green lawns.
  5. Avery Farm Nature Preserve: Just a few minutes from our Mystic Bed and Breakfast, you’ll find hiking trails through this beautiful nature park. Set on a historic 305-acre farm, you’ll find hiking opportunities and bird watching.
Bluff Point Beach at Bluff Point State Park is a great place for an afternoon near our Mystic Bed and Breakfast

Stay at our Luxury Mystic Bed and Breakfast

A stay in the 1807 House is full of history. Four of our lavish guest rooms have the past in plain sight, with antique and restored details, cozy wood-burning fireplaces, and beautiful wide plank floors. Our amenities are updated and modern, so there will be no compromising comfort, and it’s the perfect place to unwind and reset.

Our Yellow Barn houses the other six guest suites of the Inn and is romantic and private. Perhaps your best choice for a memorable intimate getaway is the Sarah Master Suite, which features a plush California king, double whirlpool soaking tub in a spacious bathroom, and a private balcony for your morning coffee.

Before you head out to explore the outdoors in Connecticut, let us take care of your first meal of the day. Our homemade French toast and Benedict breakfasts served in the Yellow Barn dining area or outdoors on the garden terrace, will be a most welcome addition to your stay with us. Start planning your next getaway to the Connecticut countryside, and book your room today! 

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