USA - Devil's Hopyard, CT

This post is part of the CT bucket list

Devils Hopyard is a 860 acre state park in East Haddam, CT. I'm uncertain how long the construction is going to be on-going, but I struggled finding the open entrance. You'll want to enter via Hopyard Road. There's plenty of parking there, and it's marked on their map. It is home to Chapman Falls, which is one of the easiest waterfalls to access.

There's a cute little bridge to cross to get one half of the trails. The falls are easily visible, including a drop down trail (careful after rain or snow melt though- it is very muddy and slippery) that gets you fairly close to the falls. I could feel the mist on my face. Of course, we didn't know that was the easy trail so we crossed the bridge and meandered around for awhile before realizing it's easier on the other side.

I was informed by a coworker who used to be a police officer in the area that a group of teens actually came to the precinct with a priest in tow, claiming to have seen all sorts of deviant spirit activity in the area. They were fairly terrified and had been out in the area at night.

I can actually imagine the trails looking fairly scary in the dark, and a mind can easily play tricks on someone. Perhaps this is part of where the forest earned its name.

I found that the moment I worked my way to the waterfall, I was overcome by a peaceful and tranquil state of mind. I felt energized and revitalized, and I would love to have the chance to meditate by the falls at night. It must be absolutely breath taking.

There is a wetness to the air that has a uniquely crisp and clean feel to it where the mist spreads from the fall. All of my stress was drowned in it and I simply felt like a clean slate.

It took me so long to find the open entrance to the park that I didn't get to really explore more than a small and muddy portion of the trails. What I can say is bring good shoes, because tree roots were elevated above the ground everywhere and I had to really watch my step or I would trip and fall. I can say from what I got to enjoy I highly recommend a visit.

Additional tips for Devil's Hopyard:

- Free parking, marked on the map. Use the Hopyard Rd entrance, as the other is closed.
- Dogs allowed, leashed.
- Toilets available and marked on map during open season
- No trash receptacles (that I saw, but could be during open season- I'll update when I find out)
- No water fountain/spigots available so bring plenty of water
- Map here


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