Devil's Hopyard State Park

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Devil's Hopyard State Park

Connecticut

(860) 526-2336

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Overview

In 1919, the former State Park and Forest Commission obtained an 860 acre parcel located in the Millington section of Haddam. The principle feature of the park, Chapman Falls drops more than sixty feet over a series of steps in a Scotland Schist stone formation. The falls also once powered "Beebe's Mills" which were named after the original owner. The mills operated until the mid 1890s. A search for the origin of the name "Devil's Hopyard" reveals a wide variety of different stories. One of the most popular of these stories is about a man named Dibble, who had a garden for growing hops used in the brewing of beer. It seems that through usage, Dibble's Hopyard became Devil's Hopyard. However, there is no record mention of a landowner named Dibble in the area. Another tale focuses on the potholes near the falls, they range from inches to several feet in diameter and depth. These potholes were formed by stones moved downstream by the current and trapped in an eddy where the stone was spun around and around, wearing a depression in the rock. When the rock wore itself down, another would catch in the same hole and enlarge it. Now this is known, but to the early settlers the potholes were a great mystery. They thought that the Devil has passed by the falls, accidentally getting his tail wet. This made him so mad he burned holes in the stones with his hooves as he bounded away.

The park today offers some of the finest birding in the state and fishermen find the clear, cool stream water an excellent source of brook trout. Pets on a leash are permitted in picnic areas and on hiking trails. Pets are not allowed in the campground.

Map of Devil's Hopyard (CT)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.475610, -72.343222

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    There is a six mile loop that is great for beginners and intermediate mountain bikers. There are a few areas where you have to carry your bike, but also some great jumps.

  • Camping

    Devil's Hopyard Campground offers 21 sites in a wooded setting. Camping is available from mid-April through the end of September. Devil's Hopyard also offers youth camping.

  • Fishing

    Fishermen find the clear, cool stream water an excellent source for brook trout.

  • Hiking

    Devil's Hopyard has an extensive trail system. Chapman Falls on the cold-running Eight Mile River, is the major attraction. It cascades over three tiers capped with erosion-resistant schist rock in a picturesque fall totaling sixty vertical feet.

  • Picnicking

    The park offers pedestal cooking grills, picnic shelters, picnic tables, and composting toilets for a wonderful picnic.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open from sunrise to sunset. Camping is available from mid-April through the end of September.

Directions

Driving

From CT Route 9: take Exit 7, then a left at the end of the exit ramp onto CT Route 154 north. Take a right at the first traffic light and follow the signs. From Interstate 395: take Exit 80 west. Take a right onto CT Route 82 west. Take a right onto Hopyard Road and follow signs. From I-91S: take Exit 22. Take Route 9S, Exit 10. Take Route 9AS to Tylerville. Take Route 82E over CT River for about 3 miles. At the stop sign take a right, and then take immediate left. Follow that road for approximately 8 miles, then follow the signs.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(860) 526-2336

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