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Gillette Castle State Park

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Gillette Castle State Park is a remarkable landmark that straddles the towns of East Haddam and Lyme, Connecticut, sitting high above the Connecticut River. The castle was designed and built by William Gillette, an American actor most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on stage. The park, located at 67 River Rd, East Haddam, CT, 06423, is home to the castle and its grounds, and it receives 350,000 annual visitors. It reopened in 2002 after a four-year, $11 million restoration. The park now includes a visitors’ center and museum, hiking trails, and a picnic area. The castle itself, an ornate, 14,000-square-foot stone fortress, sits 200 feet over the Connecticut River atop the most southerly hill in a chain known as the Seven Sisters. It is surrounded by 184-acres of gorgeous Connecticut woodlands.

This site is part of the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail, which includes campsites, access points, and portage trails along the river.

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Conn. DEEP
67 River Road
East Haddam, CT 06424