Chatfield Hollow State Park

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Chatfield Hollow State Park

Connecticut

(860) 663-2030

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Overview

Chatfield Hollow State Park opened in 1933 as Connecticut's first Civilian Conservation Corps recreation area, Chatfield Hollow State Park is a wonderful place to enjoy fishing, picnicking and hiking. Schreeder Pond, the seven-acre watering hole located near the park's entrance, is regularly stocked with trout from the state's fish hatcheries. The pond and forest areas offer plenty of sites to set up a picnic, be it from beachfront tables or wooded groves. An array of named trails take visitors through varying environments, trekking to Indian caves, exploring jagged rocky ledges and meandering by cooling streams winding throughout the park. The reconstructed Paul Wildermann Swamp Walk is a popular attraction that journeys through a vibrant wetland giving people an intimate experience with wetlands habitat, flora and fauna. The Oak Lodge Nature Center is staffed seasonally to provide visitors with a variety of nature programs and information about the park. Pets on a leash are permitted. Health regulations require that pets be kept off the beach and out of the swimming pond.

Map of Chatfield Hollow (CT)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.365535, -72.591541

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Activities

  • Fishing

    Equipped with a pond and a stream, anglers can have their choice of bodies of water to throw their line in.

  • Hiking

    Hike the trails in search of American Indian caves and explore the jagged rocky ledges.

  • Historic Sites

    Chatfield Hollow State Park has a rich American Indian history that can be explored by hiking the trails and enjoying the remnants.

  • Picnicking

    The park offers picnic tables, picnic shelters for rent, and bathrooms. Enjoy a day with good friends, good food, and the great outdoors.

  • Water Sports

    The Hammonasset River has a excellent whitewater paddling or just enjoy a day of swimming and beating the heat.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross country ski or snowshoe the park's trails.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open from sunrise to sunset. Gates open at 8 a.m. on the third Saturday in April, to coincide with opening day of fishing. They close the day after Columbus day in October.

Chatfield Hollow State Park reaches the 80's in summer, and cools down to the 50's at night. The wintertime sees highs in the 30's;lows at night into the 10's.

Directions

Driving

From Route 9: take Exit 9. Follow Route 81 south to Route 80 west and watch for park entrance signs. From I-95: take Exit 63. Follow Route 81 north to Route 80 west.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(860) 663-2030

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