After riding Rocky Neck, my daughter and I rode Giants Neck, where we are spending the week on the beach. In fact, the house we rented is about 20 yards from the beach and has an excellent view of the water.
This was Katie's longest ride on her bike, 4.5 miles.
Granted, it didn't have any trails but it was beautiful none-the-less. There are some really nice looking homes on Giant's Neck.
There is something really intriguing behind the house we are renting. It's a road cut through the ridge that makes up the peninsula that makes up Giants Neck. It makes absolutely no sense. There are no houses on this section of the road which led me to believe that it must have been part of a trolley line or perhaps a spur line that would bring passengers to Rocky Neck State Park.
It just looks too much like a railroad went through here!
According to the East Lyme Historical Society, there was a single track running through Rocky Neck State Park before it was a park:
In 1852, a single track was cut through the property for the new railroad. This was widened and realigned in 1889, and the stone excavated from the ledge to accommodate the new tracks was used to build a pier for the quarry operation.
The Railroad cut through Giant's Neck looks like it could only accommodate one track but then again trains back then, while still using standard gauge were a lot smaller back then then they are today or even in the 1930s. I say this because if you look at the maps below, the top map is from the 1893 Groton topo, UNH LIBRARY, Government Information Dept. Historic USGS Maps of New England & NY, compared to the 1938 topo clearly shows the tracks moving further north.