Hike the trails in search of Indian caves, explore the jagged rocky ledges and recesses or relax by the cooling waters, or picnic in the soft pine woods at Chatfield Hollow State Park.
Ankit D. on Deep Woods Trail
Very woody. Not much in terms of elevation or views, but a nice tour of the forested area around the park. Would recommend long sleeves and pants. No water along the trail either, so bring plenty.
Andrew W. on Deep Woods Trail
great cardio trail and perfect for solitude. Passed only two other people and a dog. Combined with the Covered Bridge Trail and you clock about 5 miles. Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingsworth, CT
This review is for the Chatfield Trail only. Deep Woods Trail was reviewed previously. The Trail Head for this hike is across from the Chatfield Hollow State Park Entrance. There is limited parking outside of the entrance so no parking fee is required. This moderate trail is well marked at times and at other times, not so much. We took numerous wrong turns as other unmarked trails blended with the one we were following. Thank goodness for the All TrailsGPS so we could get back on track. The trail wound between boulders and ledges and sometimes up and over them. We crawled through a tight rocky opening and squeezed through other boulders. Some places, the trail opened up into a wide path as it wound its way through the woods. This is a dog friendly trail with very few steep climbs although the boulders section of the trail was a challenge for my Golden Retriever. We had our sights set on getting to the bottom of the trail at Chatfield Hollow Brook, but the heat and humidity started getting to us and we cut the hike a little short. It will give us the opportunity to do it again and see something different. It was a good day on the trail.
First off, let me say that this is just one of 11 different trails in Chatfield Hollow State Park. It was one of three trails my grandson and I used to complete our 4.5 mile loop hike today. We started our hike near the lake on Ridge Trail (Red) and followed it until it ended at a small pond at the Northern end of the Park. From that point, we picked up the (Blue) West Crest Trail and followed it until it met up with the (orange) Deep Woods Trail .We followed this back to the area where we parked. All the trails were dog friendly, family friendly, fairly easy, well marked and maintained. The southern end of the Deep Woods Trail had some areas where there were steep drop offs.
Hikers with children should be aware of this. The drop off were steep enough that rock climbers were conducting a class at the bottom of the rock face. At the center of the Park where many of the trails begin, are restrooms, the lake, dressing rooms, and many picnic tables. Several fishermen were taking advantage of this gorgeous area before the crowds come for summer. As recommended in other posts, download the pdf map from DEEP http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/stateparks/maps/chatfieldhollow.pdf This will give you a complete map of the park and all the trails available. Today we completed the western half of the park. I am anxious to return and do the eastern half.
Just a great place to go, any time of the year. It is usually very quiet any season except summer. There is a beautiful lake that you can hike around. The trails range from very easy to moderately difficult. You can usually see some kind of interesting birds, deer, other forest creatures there. There is also a beach that is open in the summer where you can go swimming, etc.. Though it gets pretty packed during the warmer months.
Great place to live near!