Name: Hopeville Pond State Park
Directions: 395 north to Exit 86; left off the exit; follow Hopeville Road or the park signs until the Y intersection. Proceed to the right. The park entrance is a half mile to the right, off Route 201.
Parking: There are several parking areas along the main park road.
Description: The 550-acre park, located around a popular swimming and fishing pond, is also the northern end of the 13-mile Nehantic Trail, one of the blue-blazed network maintained by Connecticut Forest & Park Association volunteers.
Regulations: Open 8 a.m. to sunset; dogs must be on a leash.
Amenities: Bathrooms and outhouses; picnic tables and picnic shelter; pond with swimming area and a boat launch; campground and ball field.
Natural Features: Pitch pine and scrub oak forest; Hopeville Pond is a dammed section of the Pachaug River.
Fees: There is a weekend/holiday parking fee and a campsite fee.
Things to Note: Trailhead for the Nehantic Trail is located along Route 201, just across from the swimming area at Hopeville Pond. The 13-mile trail extends about one mile into the park, then crosses into the Chapman Area-Mount Misery section of the Pachaug State Forest, and eventually ends up at the Greenville Falls section of the forest.
Owned by: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
More information: http://www.ct.gov/deep.
Hiking map can be found at: http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/stateparks/maps/hopeville.pdf
Visit The Day's online hiking guide at www.theday.com/hiking.