Devil's Hopyard State Park, East Haddam

4.3
#3 of 7 in Things to do in East Haddam
Devil's Hopyard State Park is a public recreation area located at the Eightmile River's Chapman Falls in the town of East Haddam, Connecticut. The 1000acre state park includes facilities for hiking, fishing, bicycling, picnicking, and camping. It is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.HistoryThe park was the site of an attack by the Sons of Liberty, in 1775, on a mill owned by pro-British loyalists. After a portion of the broken millstone was found at the foot of the falls in 2002, a park sign (pictured at left) was erected to present details of the story.The park's falls powered "Beebe's Mills" (named after the original owner) until the 1890s. The site was acquired by the state for use as a state park in 1919 at the prodding of A.G. Willard, a resident of Colchester who had expressed her concern with the extent of logging operations taking place in the area.NameAt some time prior to 1800, there was a malt house on George Griffin’s farm near a small tributary of the Eightmile River called Malt House Brook. The malt house was abandoned prior to 1814, but during the period of its operation Griffin grew hops in a small clearing—the "hopyard"—beside the road running through the area now called Devil's Hopyard.There are a number of theories as to why the area was named “Devil's” Hopyard, ranging from a landowner named Dibble to supernatural explanations for the naturally occurring potholes near the falls. A sign in the park (pictured at left) has more on the legends of the etymology of the park's name.
To visit Devil's Hopyard State Park on your trip to East Haddam, use our East Haddam day trip tool .
Source
Create an itinerary including Devil's Hopyard State Park
map
Devil's Hopyard State Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
108 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • This is a beautiful state park. Running water, ponds, picnic tables and lots of trails to walk! Cool on a hot summer day by the brooks. Great place for a picnic day. As you would expect, ticks are abu...  more »
  • It was a nice trip during the fall season. Beautiful fall colors near the water fall as well as the wooden bridge. Kids had a great time too.  more »
  • My husband and I visited this park on a beautiful autumn day. Although it is a nice little park there is not as much to do as other places we have been to. There is a covered bridge with a stream that...  more »
Google
  • In my opinion this is the most beautiful state park in Connecticut. Hard to find pay close attention to the signs.. No cell service out there so GPS may be no help. Ferns and mossy pine forest, long marked trails, small open campground that seem to be one of the first the state closes or leaves closed due to budget cuts... The waterfall is ever changing and spectral, a place I visited most of my childhood... and got married here. I've been all over the east coast . This park is what makes CT home.
  • i love this little park. the best time is the fall. there are so many red leaves and people still go there to enjoy the fall but this time me and my son drove up here in august from east berne NY just to enjoy it for our self. this little park is so nice to cook out in.
  • Chapman falls and the stone bridge can be easily viewed at the trail head with viewing areas at the top and bottom of the falls. Devil's Oven (a tiny cave above a steep incline) and a small covered bridge are located a short distance beyond that. be sure to hike the orange trail and enjoy the beautiful view from the overlook at the end! The hiking experience varies from easy clear paths to steeper inclines; however, the steep inclines are short and shouldn't be difficult for experienced hikers who are in good health.
  • What a perfect place for my engagement photos. Had a little bit of everything
  • Fun place to visit. Interesting history. Not handicap accessible.
Places to stay near Devil's Hopyard State Park

Plan your trip to East Haddam

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Devil's Hopyard State Park by other users

12 days in United States BY A USER FROM ISRAEL May, teens, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Connecticut BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Connecticut BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Connecticut BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Connecticut BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 29 days in Kent BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: May, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Montauk BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 46 days in Foxboro BY A USER FROM VIETNAM May, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 34 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in Connecticut BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Connecticut BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Connecticut BY A USER FROM GUYANA April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans