If you plan to head to any of Connecticut's 32 state forests or 107 state parks, especially those with a swimming area, over the next couple of weeks, you might want to keep Twitter open on your phone. That’s where you will learn that local parks and lots are full.
State officials are also advising that you have a second location in mind in case the first one is full. “With the 4th (of July) falling in the middle of the week, coupled with the warm weather that is forecasted, we expect our parks to be very busy,” Daniel Esty, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said in a news release. “I encourage residents to take in a park or two over the extended holiday week, but they should plan ahead and anticipate some traffic and crowds at some locations.”
State parks that often close due to full parking capacity during summer weekends and holidays include Squantz Pond in New Fairfield, Rocky Neck in East Lyme, Pattaconk in Chester, Wadsworth Falls in Middlefield, Sleeping Giant in Hamden, Millers Pond in Durham and Kent Falls in Kent.
Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, on the other hand, has a large parking area and rarely closes, according to DEEP.
You can learn about the status of local parks in Connecticut through several Twitter accounts:
Twitter.com/CTDEPoutdoorrec for general information about the park system and outdoor recreation in Connecticut, including closures
Twitter.com/CTrockyneck is specific to Rocky Neck, activities at the park and parking conditions
Twitter.com/CThammonasset is specific to Hammonasset and activities for campers, people looking to visit Meigs and general park conditions
Twitter.com/CTsherwoodislnd is specific to Sherwood Island and activities at the park, including parking
A full list of Connecticut state parks, their location and directions to them is available on CT DEEP website.
NBCConnecticut.com is operated by WVIT, NBC News' station in Connecticut.