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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
- Distance: 7.2
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From parking lot, walk south across Foxtown Road and through stone arch.
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Lower view of Chapman Falls.
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Turn left onto Red Trail.
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Turn left to stay on the Red Trail.
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Continue over small bridge.
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Turn left on Green Trail.
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Turn right on White Trail.
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Turn right on Red Trail.
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Turn right to walk toward lake.
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Turn left and descend stairs.
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Continue straight through picnic area.
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Continue across covered bridge and pick up Orange Trail.
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Trail follows Eightmile River.
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Pass by a cave known as Devil’s Oven.
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Bear right to fork away from the Orange Trail and continue following the river.
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Begin a short but steep climb culminating in a tree-top vista.
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Panorama of woodlands to north.
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Turn right on Orange Trail.
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Bear left to continue walking toward Chapman Falls.
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Cross under this stone structure as you enter the park.
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The oft-photographed Chapman Falls spill down 60 feet of Scotland Schist stone.
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