Explore Chapman Falls in Devil's Hopyard SP

Gillette Castle

Small effort, big reward. A few minute hike to one of my favorite waterfalls and hangout spots in Connecticut. 

If you map to Chapman Falls in East Haddam, CT, you will be brought to a parking lot opposite from the waterfall in Devil's Hopyard, a beautiful Connecticut state park. Once there, it's only a few minute walk down a very clear trail to the base of the 60 foot falls. There's plenty of room to set up a hammock and have a picnic, especially the upper portion of the falls. The best part of these falls for me is how accessible they are for swimming. On a hot summer day nothing is better than submerging yourself in the rushing waters of a cool waterfall. You can even go behind the water curtain and hangout for a bit. If you and your friends or family (all ages can easily access the falls) are looking for a fun mini-adventure with minimal effort to hangout and chill for a few hours, this is definitely recommended for you!

Aside from the falls, Devil's Hopyard offers miles of trails, birding, fishing, and a campground. 

Pack List

  • Friends
  • Camera (and tripod)
  • Bathing suit 
  • Bug spray
  • Sunblock
  • Food 
  • Hammock
  • Good vibes!
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Activities Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Swimming, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Waterfall
Swimming Hole

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Solid Hike

Vista Trail provides a nice view in addition to the initial waterfall.

Cool Experience

Got to swim in the waterfall which was cool, has a bunch of little pools that are all pretty accessible


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