Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth

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#10 of 49 in Nature in Connecticut
Chatfield Hollow State Park is a public recreation area lying adjacent to Cockaponset State Forest in the town of Killingworth, Connecticut. The state 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 park is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.HistoryThe park was developed in the 1930s as a Civilian Conservation Corps recreation area within Cockaponset State Forest. The CCC created seven-acre Schreeder Pond in 1934 by building a horseshoe-shaped earth and stone dam across Chatfield Hollow Brook. In 1937, Oak Lodge was raised on the west side of Schreeder Pond; the lodge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. The area was designated as a state park in 1949.GeologyThe park's bedrock ledges consist of a type of gneiss called Monson Gneiss, a medium- to coarse-grained rock, light in color, mainly composed of plagioclase, quartz and biotite; trace amounts of garnet, epidote, magnetite can be observed in places. The park sits in a glacial valley, with steep declines on either side and an abundance glacial erratics. The erratics are smooth with sharp edges removed; the majority are composed of Monson Gneiss. Examples of other rock types can be found in the park, since erratics can sometimes be moved great distances.
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  • You haven’t seen Connecticut if you haven’t visit chatfield Hollow State Park! Great for hiking or just walking on the wilderness and enjoying the tranquility of the nature! If you have a fishing lice...  more »
  • We have hiked this park 4 or 5 times and enjoy the great views and network of short trails with many that are up and down. The pond and streams that feed it are beautiful and provide a relaxing break ...  more »
  • Don't miss the 1000 foot long boardwalk through wetlands: in late fall, holly berries and green leaves against birch trees was absolutely spectacular.  more »
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  • A park i grew up hiking and fishing in years ago. Great trails, from easy to moderate. Good rock formations and peaceful picnicking bear a waterwheel at the north end.
  • An expansive park with many interesting features! I’m still working on walking every bit of trail in this park, so I’m sure there’s still much to explore, but highlights include the Indian Caves, the Chimney, and the waterfront, as well as miles and miles of views! There are multiple pavilions and charcoal grills throughout the park which make Chatfield Hollow ideal for picnics, parties, and outings. Do know this is a paid park during the summer, but there are swim spots, so very well worth it on a hot day. Trail maps are sometimes available at the park, but you’d be better off printing one off the State Park website beforehand or snapping a picture of a map board on your phone.
  • Great walk at Chatfield. Plenty of paved roads, easy and challenging trails and no cars in the winter months so walking the dog there is great!!
  • It’s a great state park, perfect for hiking, running, walking your dog, swimming,... There’s a paved road you can walk on and also forest trails. There’s usually enough place to park and there are enough restrooms in the park.
  • This is a beautiful public park. They have swimming and it is very well maintained. People love to walk dogs at this park.
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