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East Haddam, CT: Devil’s Hopyard State Park

Stroll through the lush woodlands of Devil’s Hopyard State Park on this 4.5-mile loop highlighted by a visit to the picture-perfect Chapman Falls.

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From the parking lot on the north side of Foxtown Road, cross the street and head under the stone arch to enter Devil’s Hopyard State Park. Kick off your hike with a visit to the oft-photographed Chapman Falls, which spill down 60 feet of Scotland Schist stone into a rock-ringed pool. Then pick up the Red trail to begin a loop through the park’s western reaches. Amble through classic New England woodland at an easy grade as you link the Red, Green and White Trails en route to the lake that feeds Chapman Falls.
Cross the lake on a quaint covered bridge connecting to the Orange Trail. Head south along the gentle, tree-shaded Eightmile River before picking up a short spur trail to a small cave called Devil’s Oven. Break away from the Orange Trail as it cuts inland and continue following the river up toward a steep ridgetop that breaks into a far-ranging northern panorama of the state’s tree-blanketed and field-carved countryside. Then head back down to the Orange Trail to wind back toward the trailhead. The route circles back to a final vista of Chapman Falls before culminating at the Foxtown Road parking lot. 

-Mapped by John Thomas

To Trailhead

From East Haddam, head east on CT 82/Norwich Rd. for 1.3 miles before turning left onto Mt. Parnassus Rd. Follow for 5.9 miles and turn right on Hopyard Rd. Turn left onto Foxtown Rd. after 0.8 mile. Parking is on left.

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