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Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth

(4.7/5 based on 65+ 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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  • Wonderful state park! Well maintained, in an amazing tree and rock forest. A walker's paradise. Do the long boardwalk over a pretty wetlands. 
  • Great trails and interesting sites. Parking is good for trailers and trucks able to pull in and not have to back! 
  • Chatfield Hollow is a very pretty state park with miles of beautiful trails. Hills, stunning rock outcroppings, two ponds (one for fishing and one for swimming), a covered bridge, countless picnic sit...  more »
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  • Chatfield Hollow is a very large park with many trails to hike and explore. Lots of picnic areas with pedestal grills available, so bring a picnic and enjoy eating in the beautiful outdoor scenery!
  • 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.
  • A treat for the senses , this Sylvan beauty ! The pine trees smell delicious ; there are photo ops everywhere ; and no end to the people and dog watching !
  • 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.