Devil’s Hopyard State Park

East Haddam, Connecticut 06423

Devil’s Hopyard State Park

Devil’s Hopyard State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"If you’re wondering how this state park came by its name, you’re not alone. A variety of theories exist. One thing folks do agree on is that the name refers to the numerous holes bored into the rock at the base of Chapman Falls. The most oft-repeated “explanation” is that these are the result of the devil hopping from rock to rock to avoid getting his hooves wet, burning holes in the rocks with each hop. If you can think of a better or more entertaining theory, feel free to share it with your fellow campers.

The Chapman Falls Campground at Devil’s Hopyard State Park has 22 sites spread out in a wooded grove right near the campground’s namesake. The falls not only provide a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy the view right outside the campground, but the constant rush of the water is a welcome addition to the forest’s soundtrack."

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This State Park campground is beautiful. It is an awesome location in a valley on the banks of the beautiful Housatonic River. The campground is broken down in to two sections with the " Riverside " section being the best. The upper area is also nice but away from the river slightly. The river along the campground has some of the best catch and release only fly fishing in the Northeast. Some real big trout have been netted here. The area is also a mecca for some great hiking. The Appalacian trail runs behind the campground and is easily accessed via a short walk from the campground. Not a whole lot for small children to do at the campground but all the roads are paved so bring their bikes, scooters etc. Being a state park, there are no hookups for RV's but water is available and they have hot showers and flush toilets. Check it out, especially if you want a great fishing experiance. A CT fishing license is needed. Two wonderful fly shops are located along the route to the campground. Enjoy!

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East Haddam
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Mid-April–Sept. 30
Devil’s Hopyard State Park
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