River Highlands State Park

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River Highlands State Park
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View from the western ridge of the Connecticut River in River Highlands State Park.
Map showing the location of River Highlands State Park
Map showing the location of River Highlands State Park
Location in Connecticut
LocationCromwell, Connecticut, United States
Coordinates41°37′10″N 72°37′53″W / 41.61944°N 72.63139°W / 41.61944; -72.63139Coordinates: 41°37′10″N 72°37′53″W / 41.61944°N 72.63139°W / 41.61944; -72.63139
Area177 acres (72 ha)[1]
DesignationConnecticut state park
Established1995
AdministratorConnecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
WebsiteRiver Highlands State Park

River Highlands State Park is a public recreation area located on the west bank of the Connecticut River in the town of Cromwell, Connecticut. The 177-acre (72 ha) state park is managed by Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.[2]

History[edit]

The property sits at a river bend once known as "the blow hole," where whistling winds were said by sailors to speed along their ships.[3] The hole itself, silenced by silting, was last heard sometime in the middle years of the twentieth century.[4] The park's acreage was inherited by the family of Ulia Allegretti, who then sold it to the state in 1995. Using funds from an open space acquisition fund, the State Department of Environmental Protection paid $1,195,000 for the land. The park was opened to the public in 2001.[3]

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park offers hiking trails and scenic river vistas.[2] Trails are also used for mountain biking.[5] It is one of four state parks where boaters can find primitive camping.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Appendix A: List of State Parks and Forests" (PDF). State Parks and Forests: Funding. Staff Findings and Recommendations. Connecticut General Assembly. January 23, 2014. p. A-3. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "River Highlands State Park". State Parks and Forests. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. July 18, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Woodside, Christine (May 20, 2001). "A new park to open on bluff in Cromwell". New York Times. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  4. ^ Marteka, Peter (October 12, 2008). "The view's the thing at River Highlands State Park". Hartford Courant. Hartford, Conn. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "River Highlands State Park". New England Mountain Bike Association. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  6. ^ "River Camping". State Parks and Forests. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. December 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2016.

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