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Overview of Devil's Hopyard

Devil's Hopyard State Park is a popular recreation area located in East Haddam, Connecticut. Known for its picturesque waterfalls, the famed Chapman Falls, and scenic hiking trails, this park is a favorite for campers, hikers, and nature enthusiasts.

Camping Information

Campsites: The park offers various campsites including both tent and RV sites. Facilities typically include picnic tables, fire rings, and nearby restrooms.

  • Reservations: It's advisable to make reservations in advance, as the park is a popular destination, especially during peak camping seasons. You can reserve a campsite through the Connecticut State Parks' official reservation system.

  • Season: Check the current year's camping season as the park may not offer camping year-round.

  • Fees: There is a fee to camp at Devil's Hopyard which can vary depending on the type of campsite and the length of stay. Be sure to review the most current fee schedule.

  • Amenities: While there may be basic amenities available like pit toilets and potable water, don't expect full-hookup sites. Check for the availability of amenities before booking.

Hiking and Trails

Devil's Hopyard offers several miles of trails for hiking and exploration. Trails may range from easy to more challenging, with the scenic vistas and the sound of Chapman Falls offering a breathtaking backdrop for hikers.

  • Trail Maps: Be sure to get a trail map at the park entrance or download one before your visit to navigate the trails safely and enjoy all the scenic viewpoints.

Waterfall and Scenic Views

Chapman Falls is a centerpiece of the park – a 60-foot waterfall that cascades down a series of steps in a Scotland Schist stone formation. Observing the falls and the surrounding area is a must-do activity for visitors.


Fishing is another popular activity at Devil's Hopyard, with Eightmile River running through the park offering opportunities to catch various species of fish. Make sure you adhere to Connecticut's fishing regulations and have a valid fishing license if required.


The park has several picnic areas where visitors can enjoy meals amidst nature. Grills and picnic tables are typically provided, but you may need to bring your own charcoal.

Important Rules and Regulations

  • Alcohol: Alcohol is generally prohibited in Connecticut State Parks, so you should plan accordingly.

  • Pets: Pets are usually allowed but must be kept on a leash. Always check the current pet policy before bringing a pet to the park.

  • Fires: Open fires are restricted to fire rings or grills, and collecting firewood within the park is often prohibited.

  • Wildlife: Be respectful of wildlife and maintain a safe distance. Do not feed the animals.

  • Leave No Trace: Practice "Leave No Trace" principles by cleaning up your campsite and disposing of waste properly.


Some parts of the park, such as certain picnic areas and restrooms, may be accessible to people with disabilities. Check with the park for specific accommodations.

Contact Information and Location

Before your trip, it might be wise to contact the park directly for the latest information on conditions, reservations, and any specific advisories.

  • Address: 366 Hopyard Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423, United States
  • Phone: Use the contact number provided on the Connecticut State Parks website for inquiries.

To have the best experience at Devil's Hopyard, it's crucial to plan ahead and be prepared for the specific conditions and regulations of the park. Enjoy the serenity and the natural beauty that this Connecticut treasure has to offer.

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