Devil's Hopyard State Park

A covered bridge crosses the Eightmile River, which runs through the park.
A covered bridge crosses the Eightmile River, which runs through the park. Karin Crompton/The Day

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

The orange trail, shown in May 2012 after the March wildfires.
The orange trail, shown in May 2012 after the March wildfires. Jenna Cho/The Day
The orange trail, shown in May 2012 after the March wildfire.
The orange trail, shown in May 2012 after the March wildfire. Jenna Cho/The Day
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. Karin Crompton/The Day

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