The 1.1-mile-long boardwalk connects Cini Memorial Park and the “gut” of the Niantic River to the Hole-In-The-Wall Beach and McCook Point Park and Beach. It’s easy to see where the new section of the concrete boardwalk begins because the sandy beach is replaced by a sea of rocks armoring the shoreline. This new boardwalk isn’t going anywhere.
The beauty of the completed boardwalk is that visitors can now access McCook Point, a beautiful craggy rock outcrop and ledge with beautiful view across Long Island Sound. There are two vantage points at McCook Point, named after the Hartford family that sold the land – once known as Champlin Point — to East Lyme. The family was known as the “Fighting McCooks” because the father, five sons, an uncle and eight cousins fought in the Civil War.
Clear water and white sand(where am I???) The waves are not big and the atmosphere is calm. The tide is often low, so you can walk out pretty far without even being knee deep. There’s a pavilion at one end that’s nice for parties and such. I personally like the other end as it’s not as busy and more relaxing. You will hear a train come through every few hours, but that’s one thing to overlook for this gem! Worth the drive!
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