1390 Durham Road, Guilford, CT
- 136 Acres
- Skate Park
- Disc Golf
- Trails for Cross Country Skiing, Horses, Hiking and Bike Riding
- Softball & Soccer field with lights
- 3 Little League fields
- Pickleball Courts
I-95 to Exit 58. At the end of the ramp head north on Rt. 77 (Right turn if coming from the East; Left turn if coming from the West). Travel approximately 3 miles and the park is on the left. The field is at the rear of the park.
Option 1: FROM I-91
I-91 to Exit 22S Route 9 South. Take exit 13 for State Route 17 S toward New Haven. At light Turn left onto CT-17 South/South Main St. Travel 6.8 miles to a Slight left onto Route 77 South/Guilford Rd. Travel 10.0 miles to 1390 Durham Rd (Route 77)
Option 2: FROM I-91
I-91 to Exit 15 Route 68 East. If travelling I91 North Turn Right and go to your second light about 0.9 miles. If travelling I91 South turn Left and go to your third light about 1.0 miles. At light Turn left to stay on Route 68. Go 4.2 miles to end of Route 68 and turn right on Route 17 South/Main St. Travel 0.9 miles to a Slight left onto Route 77 South/Guilford Rd. Travel 10.0 miles to 1390 Durham Rd (Route 77)
Bittner Park is Guilford’s largest park and one of its most popular. It contains 15 acres of active recreation area and 126 acres of passive areas. Active area consists of a playground, one lighted softball field, three little league fields, a jogging/walking path, one lighted soccer field, roller sports complex, ice rink, fishing access, rest rooms, disc golf course, and more. Passive area contains year-round horseback riding trails, jogging trails and acres of woodlands to hike and walk and cross-country ski. The Bittner Park Trails include many wetland areas and small bridges along the West River. Good hiking shoes are recommended as areas may generally be muddy and especially so during the rainy season. The trail passes through a secessional forest through newer Cedars, a high canopy combination of local deciduous trees (oaks, hickories, maples, and birch), understory shrubs, and intermittent ground cover. Birdwatching opportunities are plentiful. The upland trails also have a seasonal waterfall.
A special feature of Bittner Park is the Scott C. Carey Trout Trail. The town of Guilford was assisted by the Hammonasset Chapter of Trout Unlimited in controlling trail erosion and river sedimentation to the West River. This organization also rebuilt a hiking bridge to cross a wetland area to protect this watershed area. The West River is annually stocked with trout by Department of Environmental Protection. A state fishing license is required for those over 16 years of age. (https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Fishing/CT-Fishing)