Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth

4.7
#12 of 66 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.
The 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.
The 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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  • My friend and I went to Chatfield Hollow in mid October. The leaves were not quite at peak but still a beautiful place to hike. We started with the boardwalk trail and then did the covered bridge...  more »
  • What more can you ask for when you visit this park? They have a field to frolic in, a pond to cool of in, a beach to soak up the sun in, a trail through the woods to capture your adventure side and...  more »
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  • Well maintained, fun for the whole family. Beautiful trails, dog friendly. Don't miss out on some of the special events that go on, especially in the summer. Free for all CT residents with plenty of parking. Lots of places to set up a day camp and swim and BBQ if that's your thing, or head out on the miles and miles of fantastic trails.
  • We had a wonderful day there! Picnic and practice for the wedding of our son and his fiancĂ©e. Beautiful weather. The bathrooms are new and clean. We haven't been there in years and it was a pleasant surprise. Definitely going back!

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