Devil's Hopyard State Park

A covered bridge crosses the Eightmile River, which runs through the park.

Devil's Hopyard State Park

Town: East Haddam

Directions: From I-95, take Exit 70, straight off ramp, following signs to Rt. 156; pass shopping centers; at second light turn right onto 156 West towards Hamburg; about 7 miles. Turn right onto Route 82 and then a quick left onto Hopyard Road. Follow signs to the park's entrance, about 4 miles in.

Where to Park: There are two parking lots: one at the main entrance to the park and its trails and another just north of the main entrance.

Description: The park includes a number of trails ranging in length and difficulty; be sure to consult map.

Regulations: Pets must be on a leash. Park closes at sunset.

Amenities: Picnic tables, composting toilets, pedestal cooking grills, handicapped parking and handicapped access to picnic tables and fishing.

Natural Features: Chapman Falls; boulders; scenic overlook; streams; flora and fauna.

Fees: Free.

Owned by: State Department of Environmental Protection

More information: www.ct.gov/dep

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The orange trail, shown in May 2012 after the March wildfires.
The orange trail, shown in May 2012 after the March wildfires.
The orange trail, shown in May 2012 after the March wildfire.
The orange trail, shown in May 2012 after the March wildfire.
Seen from the covered bridge, the river flows from a waterfall just to the north.
Seen from the covered bridge, the river flows from a waterfall just to the north.
A grove of tall pines grows along one section of the trail.
A grove of tall pines grows along one section of the trail.
The Vista trail narrows and becomes steeper as it heads toward the overlook.
The Vista trail narrows and becomes steeper as it heads toward the overlook.
A spur off of the Vista trail takes hikers to the overlook.
A spur off of the Vista trail takes hikers to the overlook.
The hills of Lyme and Old Lyme stretch into the distance.
The hills of Lyme and Old Lyme stretch into the distance.

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