Devil's Hopyard State Park

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Elizabeth R
Farmington, CT2,178 contributions
Nov 2020 • Friends
The trails may be a little rocky, and in some spots steep, but the yellows and oranges kept the beauty ablaze!!
It was unseasonably warm today, so there were many people about— Notable in that this place is not on a main drag, it clearly takes some driving on numerous hidden back roads to get here. However, it was well worth the ride
I enjoy the hiking, so the state park is well worth the miles and miles of trails through the hills you could take. If you’re just there to see the falls, for the less adventurous, you could park at the side of the road and look over the fence to see them— breathtakingly gorgeous! Or park, and walk for hours. Lots and lots of places to picnic, and Porta potties are available near the parking areas. There’s also a campsite for those who intend to stay.
For me, the only part that was somewhat disappointing, is there is no monument or homage paid to the historic significance of the area. I would like to have had the exact location of the mill, or of the Battle with the British indicated somewhere.
Still, a lovely place to land
Written November 7, 2020
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gladysbarros66
Connecticut243 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
My teenage daughter wanted to go ghost hunting,so we took a walk through the Devil's Hop Yard. As beautiful as the small falls were and old wooden bridge there were no ghosts in site that day. Maybe they only come out to play at night... It's a nice place for a picnic or a hike with the family. I would check the state website before heading out due to the recent Vivid-19, to make sure it's still open to the public.
Written April 25, 2020
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT1,658 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
The park has plenty of trails for people of all levels. There are forest, hiking and view trails in addition to fishing, camping and picnicking...and seeing beautiful waterfalls. We liked the two mile Millington Trail Loop which I'm told is considered to be a moderate hike.
Written May 31, 2021
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Nathan G
1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Solo
Campground review. No rangers. Underage drinking all night. Could be nice but no rangers like other CT campgrounds. After 10pm the music is louder and the teenagers are drunker. Glad my young kids didn’t come. Waterfall is beautiful. Without supervision people ruin everything. I see why this campground is always on the budget cut lists. Same party scene as hammonasset but knowone stops it here. Leaving first thing in morning not staying a second night.
Written August 21, 2020
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Carol Ann J
Germantown, NY1,172 contributions
May 2022
It is worth a trip to Devil's Hopyard State Park simply to see the lovely cascading Chapman Falls. After entering the park turn at the sign for Chapman Falls and park in the lot. Across the road and just a few steps down through the woods one will find the delightful falls.
Written May 13, 2022
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balaczar
New Milford, CT252 contributions
Jul 2020
The water was flowing - which made the waterfall spectacular. After visiting the waterfall we chose to hike within the park. We chose the orange trail as I wanted to see Devils Oven. Great hike a little bit of everything. Walk along the river, rock scrambling, forest and a scenic view.
Written July 31, 2020
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TravelGrlCT
New York City, NY79 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Great little park. Beautiful and rustic. But if you aren’t familiar with it there is something important to know: the main entrance is under construction and there are no signs telling you how to get into the campground area. GPS not much help either. We had to call the local police to figure out how to find another entrance. I talked to a local and we were the third set of campers that day that had that issue. You have to come in through JONES HILL ROAD from the south end of the park.
Written May 25, 2019
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Leojedi
East Haddam, CT42 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
This is a beautiful state park. Running water, ponds, picnic tables and lots of trails to walk! Cool on a hot summer day by the brooks. Great place for a picnic day. As you would expect, ticks are abundant! Take care.
Written January 3, 2018
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Aweym
Branford, CT1 contribution
May 2014
I don't mind the lack of amenities, but this park suffers from lack of any kind of ranger or staff. Our picnic table was busted, the site had a lot of trash, bathrooms not stocked with toilet paper. Worst of all, seems to attract the kind of clientele that is looking for mom-existent rule enforcement. Not a good place for families, just a party place. Two sites down had 10 cars, 8 tents, and was rowdy drunk keeping us up all night. Another site had a drunken domestic dispute and arguing over who stole whose drugs. At other parks we visit, there's a patrol to make sure quiet hours are respected and a number for a ranger on the off hours. Here there's no sign of anyone. What a waste of money. And it's a shame, because the hiking is good.
Written June 1, 2014
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Josh the Travel Guy
Halifax, Canada235 contributions
May 2013 • Solo
Pros: Falls were nice, close to road and easy to find

Cons: Camping area was an open field, with no real distinction in sites, no flush toilets/showers

I ended up coming to Devils Hopyard for a camping trip. I should have spent a little more time looking into things before deciding to camp here. Although the falls are beautiful, the lack of even basic campground necessities were disappointing.

When I arrived, I attempted to find a ranger station, or at least a reception desk, but was unable to locate anyone. I decided to at least go and set up my tent and then venture out again to try and find something. When I arrived at my spot (which was reserved online) I was surprised to find that another group had already set up camp. When I talked to them about it, they said they set up on the wrong site and the ranger said to allow me to have their spot. Not a big deal (I actually became good friends with them in the 2 days I was there).

The campground was $26 (If I remember correctly) for campers out of state. This is quite a bit since there was no running water, just an outhouse, and no staff that I saw for my entire 2 day stay.

Conclusion: Its a great little trip outside Hartford for anyone to make. The falls are a good height with lots of water. Crowds were limited and there were lots of hiking. If you plan on staying the night make sure you have all the supplies you need as you won't be able to get anything on site.
Written January 12, 2014
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