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Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
Chatfield Hollow State Park is a Connecticut state park located in the town of Killingworth. The park offers hiking trails, a swimming beach, trout fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and picnicking areas. Park attractions include Indian caves, historic sites, a restored water wheel, and a reproduction covered bridge. The Oak Lodge Nature Center is open seasonally and offers nature programs and information about the park.GeologyAll the bedrock in the park consists of a type of gneiss called Monson Gneiss, a granitic pluton formed by the subduction of the ocean floor of the Iapetus Ocean under the North American continent; this was caused by the African Plate and Eurasian Plate. The Iapetus Ocean continued to close after the formation of the pluton, and the eventual collision of Avalonia with North America and subsequent intense pressure and heat caused the metamorphism of the granite into gneiss. The eventual erosion of the rock layers above over millions of years then exposed the rock seen on the surface today.Monson Gneiss is a medium to coarse-grained rock, light in color, and is mainly composed of the minerals plagioclase, quartz and biotite. In some places, trace amounts of garnet, epidote or magnetite can be observed.
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  • Chatfield Hollow is a great place to hike and all four seasons of the year. The parking lot is always busy but yet the park never seems crowded. Highly recommend this place for a peaceful time. 
  • Almost never crowded, Chatfield Hollow has swimming, fishing, and lots of hiking trails. The terrain is very varied and it is beautiful in every season. 
  • Spent 2 hours in here on my way up to Newport. Took a 1 hour hike that had some decent inclines to get the blood pumping and then jumped in the pond to cool off. Easy access to trail heads and water f...  read more »
  • The park is very nice--especially for outings. There's a big pier walk through the marsh, and a bunch of little beaches, as well as a stocked lake (trout). The hiking trails are a little rough and wild though--last I was there they were kind of poorly marked.
  • What a great place to visit. Grounds are always clean and kept up. Very family oriented and easy to get to. Parking could be better but the park is very nice.
  • Great place to picnic and fish. Great place for the family.
  • I love jogging here its so peaceful.
  • My favorite state park in CT. Get there early on weekends. Fishing, swimming, hiking biking. NO CAMPING OR BOATING.
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