Devil's Hopyard State Park, East Haddam

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Devil's Hopyard State Park is a public recreation area located at the Eightmile River's Chapman Falls in the town of East Haddam, Connecticut. The 1000acre state park includes facilities for hiking, fishing, bicycling, picnicking, and camping. It is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
The park was the site of an attack by the Sons of Liberty, in 1775, on a mill owned by pro-British loyalists. After a portion of the broken millstone was found at the foot of the falls in 2002, a park sign (pictured at left) was erected to present details of the story.
The park's falls powered "Beebe's Mills" (named after the original owner) until the 1890s. The site was acquired by the state for use as a state park in 1919 at the prodding of A.G. Willard, a resident of Colchester who had expressed her concern with the extent of logging operations taking place in the area.
At some time prior to 1800, there was a malt house on George Griffin’s farm near a small tributary of the Eightmile River called Malt House Brook. The malt house was abandoned prior to 1814, but during the period of its operation Griffin grew hops in a small clearing—the "hopyard"—beside the road running through the area now called Devil's Hopyard.
There are a number of theories as to why the area was named “Devil's” Hopyard, ranging from a landowner named Dibble to supernatural explanations for the naturally occurring potholes near the falls. A sign in the park (pictured at left) has more on the legends of the etymology of the park's name.
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  • I visited the park with my two Grandsons and we walked a few of the trails, and relaxed by the river, at one of the picnic tables. They are working on the bridge at the top of the falls, but we were s...  more »
  • I absolutely love this park and waterfall. You can bring a picnic here and grill. You can take a hike and head through the covered bridge and head up the "mountain". Once at the top you can see for mi...  more »
  • Beautiful waterfall is right near entrance! There are also nice hiking trails. It is a great place for picnic, too. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at this park. The falls were gorgeous. Autumn is my best season to visit. I definitely recommend devil’s hopyard state park.
  • Awesome park with a lot of opportunities to take photos. The waterfalls are wonderful just make sure you bring your water shoes as the rocks are extremely slippery. There are hiking trails that are well marked and easily accessible even with dogs. Great outing experience.

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