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

Glorious start to the weekend - refreshing and inspiring!

Trailhead is across the street from the entrance to Chatfield Hollow State Park - you can park there or in the lot by the state park entrance. Beautiful rocks, fun, small, climbing spots — and vultures!! Well marked until the very end — if you follow the sign that says “rt 80 .5 miles” (which is what you should do if you parked on rt 80), there won’t be any trail markers on that half-mile, but you’ll eventually find your car ;)

Great hike on the lower blue blaze with the kids until they saw the vultures! Lots of awesome cliffs and rock formations.

Great trail through mixed forest with challenging boulders and buzzards Fun

2 months ago

I love the Scout Camp. I just wouldn’t call this a hiking trail in it. Most of this “trail” is the unpaved road leading into Deer Lake Scout Reservation, then a left turn at the parking lot to follow the road to the Cedars Camp Site. This is a good camp with lots of trails, but this isn’t one of them.

2 months ago

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

Great easy trail loop...wouldn't classify this as "moderate". You can tell that some spots don't get as much foot traffic, but the trails are easy to follow. There are reforestation efforts going on so there are a lot of trees down across the path (but easy to get around or climb over). You do need access to get past the gate for parking, but that's easy to get from the town. Loads of mushrooms, pine trees, ferns, and toads along the way!

Make sure you have a regional water authority pass and you’ll have the gate codes to get in. Beautiful trails- obviously not well traveled as parts are overgrown and lots of trees down on the trail

Arrived here at 715am ( well after the sun came up) and gates were closed so I couldn't get in. The sign on the gate said "trails are open every day" "Gate opens at sun up and closes at sundown" so I'm left disappointed and confused.

3 months ago

great walk with my dog. beaitiful area,
i mostly stayed on main road.
which was easy.

Hiked the beautiful Upper Chatfield Blue Blazed Trail including the Alternate, Blue and Orange trail from Route 80 to Coughlin Road and back. The trail is in excellent condition which is remarkable considering the devastating winter storms this year. There are a couple of blowdowns but they are easily navigated by going over, under or around the tree trunks. The trail is well marked but don't confuse this Connecticut Forest and Park Blue Blazed trail with the trails inside Chatfield Hollow State Park, which are also very nice. (I did see some reviews of those trails incorrectly posted here.) Love the ledges but keep a lookout for the Turkey Vultures, they are harmless but can startle you!

Hidden treasure right off Route 80 that I drove past hundreds of times without knowing it existed. Walk through pine trees, has a Vermont feel..then all of a sudden the lake appears. And it is very impressive. massive lake. Water is crystal clear. Worth a trip to Killingworth.

Great loop! I wish it stayed closer to the water at times

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

PERMIT REQUIRED AREA - You MUST have a Recreation Permit from the Regional Water Authority to be on this property. http://www.rwater.com/products-services/recreation

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Great moderate hike. We kept on going for about 2 hours, not realizing how far in you can get. The views are quickly spectacular and on hot days, you can swim in the park across the way or just hike the shorter trails there!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

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

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Easy trail, walked the white trail circle, plenty of fun but not the breathtaking views I have experienced from other local hikes.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017


Monday, September 05, 2016

Beautiful. Trail is well marked. Fun hike.

on Deep Woods Trail

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

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

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.

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.

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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.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Loved the quiet, peaceful surrounds of nature. Saw wildlife and enjoyed the trail. Kids loved it too.

You need permission to hike here, which the app failed to explain. Fortunately my family member had permission.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

It was amazing. Traveling through the portion of the lake that was dried up was like walking through another world. You enter in a little entrance just past a bridge and you immediately go beneath the bridge which has a waterfall. Getting to the lake is up to you. Tip: don't use trail maps just adventure and explore, it's amazing

Saturday, August 02, 2014

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

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Very easy trail to hike that circles Lake Hammonasset. Virtually no steep inclines and there is a clear tire track path the whole way. I started at the gated entrance on Route 80 on the Madison/Killingworth line and continued on the White Trail. I decided to detour and explore the lake view 'orange trail' which didn't afford many lake views. The orange trail dumped me back on the white trail and I continued on until I reached a clearing with the water company building. Nice little paved section with a boat launch to take a break and enjoy the lake view. I doubled back to Route 80 and it took me about two hours total. Follow me on Twitter @ctyogahikes

Sunday, April 28, 2013

This place is great I come here with my family every time were our this way. There is so much to do here and it's beautiful. Defiantly a great place for a day trip.

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