Looking for a great trail in Chatfield Hollow State Park, Connecticut? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, running trails, forest 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. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Chatfield Hollow State Park ranging from 2.5 to 3.9 miles and from 131 to 449 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.

hiking
14 days ago

What an awesome trail this was to find yesterday. The weather was amazing for a January day. We followed the main road through the park to the beach and then followed the trail for covered bridges. This led us up through the rocks and amazing scenery. We found the covered bridge and then the Water wheel. We then veered off again through the woods to the old pond trail. Wow what a find this was, little bit more challenging as you go round the base of a rock face then come up the side and then venture along the top. Finished off along the boardwalk through the swamp. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this hike and will definitely be going back to do again.

The R/C rock crawling group I belong to go all over the state and this is one of the best places for R/C rock crawling.

hiking
rocky
23 days ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
24 days ago

Followed the Chatfield Hollow Loop trail and then followed the blue blazes to join with tge Orange traik at Deer Lake Scout Reservatoon to Fat Man Squeeze. on the way back, we finished the loop clickwuse back to Rt 80. This was a great, but challenging hike. There were some small stream crossings, some steep inclines and several sections of scrambling. I had intended to follow the Chatfield Hollow Loop counterclockwise to the feeder trail to Deer Lake. However, this took us to another access road off of Rt 80 and looked like a cross between a primitive access road and a river bed. Since there weren't any trail markings here, we backtracked and ended up following the blue blazes clockwise around the loop. On the way back, we purposely followed the loop clockwise to find out where it came out and discovered the unmarked access road/trail/riverbed was correct. It also is 1.5 miles shorter.

horseback riding
2 months ago

Horseback ride at Chatfield Hallow

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

This is a great alternative trail to the Deep Woods Trail where a good 40% of the hike is on park roads. Both the Orange (Deep Pond Woods Trail) and the Red (Ridge Trail) are woodsy hikes with varying terrain. Going clockwise in this loop, the Orange trail starts off with about a third of a mile of boardwalk going over a wetlands area with lots of informational signs on the plant life in that particular area. The trail then leads into the woods as it winds it way around the edge of the park. The occasional ledge and large boulders mixed with varying elevation changes keep this hike interesting. At the northernmost end of the trail, we stopped and enjoyed a trail lunch on a picnic bench near the small pond. The second half of the trail (red trail) is a little more rigorous but offers up some nice views in a couple of places. The trail descends into the main area of the park across from the beach where restrooms and more picnic areas are available. An inviting dip in the lake would be a big plus in the warmer months.

It’s a good cardio trail that’s well marked and one that presents a few good challenges. I’ve hiked it twice with my 5-month old Golden Retriever. We both enjoyed ourselves.

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rocky
scramble
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago

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

hiking
bugs
3 months 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 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
8 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
8 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
9 months ago

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

hiking
muddy
9 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
10 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
Thu Oct 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.

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