McCook Point Beach and Park
860-739-5828, CT DEP Website (McCook Beach & Park)
Overlooking Niantic Bay, McCook Point Park was acquired by the Town of East Lyme in 1953 for the "benefit and enjoyment of the Town and its citizens". Since that time, it has been a central part of life in East Lyme.
The park consists of a beautiful bluff between two white, sandy beaches. On the bluff, where the McCook summer home once stood, is a green lawn shaded by copper beeches, perfect for picnics, games or quiet contemplation.
From the Point, you can see Fisher's Island, Plum Island, and Orient Point across Long Island Sound. Closer at hand, there's Wigwam Rock. Throughout the seasons of the year, the Bay is alive with fishing boats, sailboats, migrating and resident birds, and even seals.
McCook Point beach, on the west side of the bluff, and Hole-in-the-Wall beach, to the east, provide plenty of room for sunbathing and swimming. Concerts and dances are held in the park throughout the summer.
McCook Point Park and Beach is open year-round from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and beach passes are required for access. Season and Day passes may be purchased at the East Lyme Parks & Recreation office located in the Community Center on Society Road or Day Passes can also be purchased 7 days a week at the Hole-in-the-Wall Beach entrance (Baptist Lane off Main St.) or on Saturday and Sunday only at the entrance to McCook's Beach.
For more information on the McCook Beach & Park, visit the CT DEP website.