Devil's Hopyard State Park, East Haddam

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Devil's Hopyard State Park is a state park located in the town of East Haddam, Connecticut at scenic Chapman Falls on the Eightmile River. The 1000acre park is used for hiking, stream fishing, bird watching, bicycling, picnicking, camping, and youth group camping.HistoryIn 1775, the Sons of Liberty attacked a mill owned by pro-British loyalists on this site. A portion of the broken millstone was found at the foot of the falls in 2002. The story is related in signs that were erected after the discovery (pictured at left).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 in response to logging operations that were taking place in the area.On March 26, 2012, a large brush fire occurred in the park. Firefighters from fourteen towns worked to control the blaze, including burning out the area behind two threatened households. The fire consumed more than fifty acres of the park over two days before authorities decided to let it burn itself out. It is unclear how the fire started, but officials noted that hikers may have been the cause.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.
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  • August 13, 2017
    We had one extra day in Connecticut and looking at our map there were lots of walking trails and state parks to choose from. Our innkeeper said this was the best bet so we headed there in late morning...  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    We just visited this park for the first time. It was great. You need to get there early. If not people are in the water near the falls.( I am pretty sure you are not allowed to do that.) Kind of annoy...  more »
  • July 18, 2017
    Local family in the area took us here on a Monday afternoon. It wasn't very crowded. Our kids loved being able to swim up to and climb around and behind the waterfall. We also hiked down river to chec...  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    I simply love this place. Nice small hikes with beautiful scenery. Awesome waterfall where you can go for a nice shower.
  • June 25, 2017
    Devil's Hopyard another great state park !! Listen to the birds. Watch the water go over the falls and flow down the small river. Bring a lunch stay for hours.
  • May 22, 2017
    Nice place to hang out with family and friends. Nice trails for hiking. There are picnic areas where you can enjoy your BBQ.
  • June 4, 2017
    This is one of the best hiking places around. Trail gets kinda steep at some points but the lookout point is beautiful
  • July 11, 2017
    Enjoyed are weeking visiting thos place. Very pretty

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