Bigelow Hollow SP has a $15 per car per day parking fee for out-of-state vehicles. It is only payable online, and there is a $2 reservation fee, so it's really $17. The QR code takes you to the Reserve America website for Bigelow Hollow Day Passes.
It is a day-use fee, so it must be purchased separately each day, but not before 8AM. The cellular connection in the park is hit-or-miss. You'll get a confirmation code that you can write on a slip of green paper (available at park kiosks, if they don't run out). Leave a note on your windshield in the event of issues (no connection, website not working, no green slips left, etc)--park staff is typically lenient and asks you (on the honor system) to pay later in the day after leaving the park.
Yes, we know this is horrible. It is state-directed so don't abuse the park staff. Try as we might, we have been unable to find an alternative solution (pay as part of meet fees or registration, drop-box payment, manning the park toll booth, etc). Complain to your local CT state representative and tourism board.
If you are renting a car and can snag one with a CT license plate, you'll save $34 at the park, hint, hint.
There is plenty of parking behind the Union Town Hall (1043 Buckley Hwy, Union, CT 06076), which is 2 miles / 3 minutes from the entrance to the park, if you want to carpool in with other competitors.
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