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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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.

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

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.2

Waypoints

DHY001

Location: 41.484643, -72.34216

From parking lot, walk south across Foxtown Road and through stone arch.

DHY002

Location: 41.483622, -72.341765

Lower view of Chapman Falls.

DHY003

Location: 41.483873, -72.342256

Turn left onto Red Trail.

DHY004

Location: 41.481415, -72.351762

Turn left to stay on the Red Trail.

DHY005

Location: 41.478618, -72.348694

Continue over small bridge.

DHY006

Location: 41.477364, -72.346312

Turn left on Green Trail.

DHY007

Location: 41.47939, -72.347299

Turn right on White Trail.

DHY008

Location: 41.481399, -72.344209

Turn right on Red Trail.

DHY009

Location: 41.483357, -72.341967

Turn right to walk toward lake.

DHY010

Location: 41.483099, -72.341645

Turn left and descend stairs.

DHY011

Location: 41.482943, -72.341334

Continue straight through picnic area.

DHY012

Location: 41.482143, -72.341033

Continue across covered bridge and pick up Orange Trail.

DHY013

Location: 41.479824, -72.339392

Trail follows Eightmile River.

DHY014

Location: 41.477294, -72.339368

Pass by a cave known as Devil's Oven.

DHY015

Location: 41.476118, -72.33936

Bear right to fork away from the Orange Trail and continue following the river.

DHY016

Location: 41.472179, -72.338067

Begin a short but steep climb culminating in a tree-top vista.

DHY017

Location: 41.47185, -72.336098

Panorama of woodlands to north.

DHY018

Location: 41.472702, -72.33627

Turn right on Orange Trail.

DHY019

Location: 41.481689, -72.33584

Bear left to continue walking toward Chapman Falls.

Arch

Location: 41.483879, -72.342243

Cross under this stone structure as you enter the park.

Chapman Falls

Location: 41.483618, -72.34165

Chapman Falls

Location: 41.483594, -72.341757

The oft-photographed Chapman Falls spill down 60 feet of Scotland Schist stone.

Tall Tree

Location: 41.481359, -72.351757

Small Bridge

Location: 41.478602, -72.348651

White Trail

Location: 41.479084, -72.345175

Lake

Location: 41.482955, -72.341275

Covered Bridge

Location: 41.482129, -72.341006

Orange Trail

Location: 41.479744, -72.339405

Orange Trail

Location: 41.47849, -72.339853

Devil's Oven

Location: 41.477256, -72.339319

Eightmile River

Location: 41.473136, -72.339081

Climbing

Location: 41.471898, -72.337289

Panorama

Location: 41.471858, -72.336168

Orange Trail

Location: 41.475982, -72.336463

Creek

Location: 41.48185, -72.336001

Chapman Falls

Location: 41.48367, -72.341666