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Chatfield Hollow State Park

Scenic State Park featuring fishing, fresh water swimming, picnicking, and challenging hiking trails. A waterwheel, a covered bridge, and a boardwalk add to the beauty of this park. Weekends and holiday parking fees.

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Chatfield Hollow Brook flows between two high ridges covered with oak, beech, and hickory. Native Americans frequented the valley to hunt, fish, and hold tribal gatherings amid the rock recesses and overhangs. Early settlers used the stream to power a grist mill, and there is evidence that an iron smelting furnace was also in operation at one time. In 1934, the Civilian Conservation Corps built a horseshoe shaped earth and stone dam across the brook, creating the seven acre Schreeder Pond. Today, the park is operated by the Department of Environmental Protection, providing a variety of recreational opportunities. Activities: Fishing: The Park has a Trout Park designation with reduced creel limit of two trout per day. Chatfield Brook, Schreeder Pond, and the smaller Mill Pond are all stocked with trout for fishing within season. A fishing license is required for anyone 16 years of age or older. Picnicking: Tables and grills are located throughout the park in rustic settings. Group sites are available as well as a covered shelter. Swimming: A 300 foot sandy beach on a freshwater pond surrounded by majestic white pines is available for swimming or relaxing in the sun. Trails: Contiguous with a section of the Cockaponset State Forest, there are over ten miles of trails available for cross country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. General Information: The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset. Alcoholic beverages, glassware, and pets are prohibited in the beach area. Pets must be on a leash at all times. There is a daily parking fee from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Access: The park entrance is located on Route 80, one mile west of Route 81, and three miles east of Route 79. During the off-season, the park roads are closed to motor vehicles, and parking is available outside the main entrance gate.

Other amenities: Picnicking

 

Pricing: Weekdays: free. Weekends and holidays: free for CT vehicles; $15/out-of-state.

Other Amenities: Bus Parking, Fishing, Swimming, Hiking Trails

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Location:

381 Rte. 80
Killingworth, CT 06419

Hours:

8 a.m.-sunset.

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