Looking for a great trail in Chatfield Hollow State Park, Connecticut? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Chatfield Hollow State Park ranging from 1.7 to 3.5 miles and from 141 to 383 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

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rocky
scramble
4 days ago

love the native plant profile here. blueberries, witch hazel, clethera, and mixed hardwoods. even a few good stands of evergreens.

Well marked, interesting trail. Moderate is the perfect rating. Would hike this again. Ran into a couple people, but overall the trail was quiet.

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bugs
21 days ago

Thank you, Dan, for pointing out the underground yellow jackets, noted as a waypoint. The area now has caution tape and signage. The nest is located about 9/10 of a mile from Route 80. They should be gone once the cold temperatures arrive.

hiking
22 days ago

Moderat trail with lots of rocks. And a few unexpected surprises. Will enjoy again real soon

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bugs
23 days ago

I like this trail a lot and do it often but, unfortunately, there is an active ground nest of aggressive yellow jackets on the eastern side of the loop about a mile from Route 80.

hiking
1 month ago

Great family hike. Beautifully maintained trails. Nice ledges, bridges and a water wheel!

hiking
2 months ago

Hikes here with my 5-years old, who loved every second of it. This is a fun trail in the woods, and you can stop at the lake to take a swim

Fun hike with some good scrambling! I took my 4 year old lab mix and the bouldering was just at his limit so if you have an older puppo, this might be a bit much.

my family may not have completed it the same way as others. When we got there the map showed little hiking paths off a road. We only followed two (the red and green - just 3 miles) There was more road than I was expecting and more than I like. That said it was still a nice location and I'd like to go on some of the other paths we didn't try yet. Lastly, i wish I knew about it when my kids were younger. The roads make for a good biking location and there is a little beach

A great cardio boost. For more, you can run the loop in reverse when you get back to the parking lot connector. West side of the loop is a bit dull but the east side is beautiful.

Great trail for some quick and easy scramble. All green tunnel so no views but a lot of variety in the plants as you go. Two spots on the trail give you the option of adding about a mile, then another 3, to the hike if you want more.

Great hike for the experience and views. Definitely will do again

hiking
5 months ago

First time on this trail. I enjoyed it especially since I am new to hiking. Not too strenuous but yet a good workout.

hiking
5 months ago

Well-marked trail. I usually hike for the views, but I’m currently working in CT which is not exactly known for high mountains. The diversity of landscapes and the boulders/rocks along this trail keep it interesting and fun.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice well-marked trail. Fun rock formations to climb around. Water available for pups!

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muddy
6 months ago

Chatfield Hollow remains one of my favorite places to hike with young children and or inexperienced hikers. This particular trail makes hiking interesting. It is an easy and at times moderate hike that takes you from a trail in the woods to picking your way over rocky terrain. It runs along the river and then along ledges. The trails are well marked. Picnic tables are scattered in various places in the park making it it convenient and comfortable to grab a quick lunch during the hike. Today, many fishermen lined the river and swimming area as fishing season had recently opened. It is a great place to introduce people to the pleasure of the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Only did a little of the trail, side trails are nice. Waterfall and pond are nice. All dogs were on leaches. A+

Went up the white trail to get off the paved (and busy) walking road- cut over to the red trail instead of looping on white, and then to the purple (covered bridge trail). Some good ups and downs, did about 3.5 miles total, an enjoyable hike.

Beautiful Day and hike after the rainstorms. Enjoy

hiking
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Nice little hike. The western half mile back to HWY 80 is unmarked, but easy enough to follow. Blue blazes are placed frequently enough to make it fairly easy to stay on trail.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Some trails shut down :/. Maybe due to storms we’ll have to make a trip back;)

hiking
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Easy/Moderate hike- nice variety of elevation gains/losses and far enough away from most of the crowds by the lake.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Nice but was a little difficult to find the trail at first. Wear repellent!

on Deep Woods Trail

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

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.

on Deep Woods Trail

hiking
Saturday, June 11, 2016

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

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

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.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

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.

running
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Steep and rocky on some trails and flat and rocky on others. Good variety to select. Trails are not very well marked.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Love this. Place. And the fact that it's 3 mins awAy from my house

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