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It's secluded and off the beaten track.
Not very many people know about it unless you live around here, and you won't find it on any maps.
But we have watched it become more popular just in the last couple of years.
Swimming and Camping
There isn't any place to go swimming here, but you can hike and go camping. There is a creek that runs down the mountain which causes a waterfall after a heavy rain, in which you can get your feet wet if you like. Just being in the woods is cooler on those hot summer days anyway.
We have seen people camp here, and the most popular camping spots is at the end of the gravel road where the pine trees are, just below the mountain.
They have stone campfire pits to roast your hot dogs and marshmallows on and picnic tables. All I was able to find out about the camping was from a guy that came into where I worked, and he said that you have to go through the Monroe Parks and Recreation Dept. to make reservations.
There isn't any snack bars, restrooms, or showers, just scattered porta potties. So, this is about as close as you can get to wilderness camping, and you'll need to pack extra camping equipment.
Picnicing and Hiking
If you are not camping you can still go and just have a picnic to check it out. I'm not sure if there is a charge to get in yet, but if there is, it's probably not very much.
For some reason we always show up here in the off season, when all the leaves have turned yellow and are falling. I guess it's the beauty and smell of the Fall that gets us to go.
You can follow some well marked trails to the top of Webb mountain, or hike some wide trails down toward the Housatonic River.
These wide trails start on the east side of the road, so park in the first parking area you see, and the trail going down is right there, and starts after you cross the small wooden bridge. The trail pretty much follows the creek.
The drive to Webb Mountain Park is very scenic. Mostly winding roads, and you have to go slow so you won't miss the sign to turn. From Shelton, CT Follow Rte 110 north to East Village Rd, make a right, follow it all the way (at least 5 miles} till you see a small sign on the right.
Traveling Tip: If coming from Shelton, right before you get to the entrance to Webb Mountain Park, there is a huge estate with stone statues of lions guarding their driveway. This is a good sign that your right turn is coming up.
More Connecticut Parks
Rock State Park
Pachaug State Park
Naugatuck State Forest
Indian Well State Park
Hammonasset State Park
Rocky Neck State Park
Southford Falls State Park
Lighthouse Point Park
Lake Zoar and Stevenson Dam
Webb Mountain in Monroe