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Chatfield Hollow State Park

Chatfield Hollow State Park

381 Route 80, Killingworth (CT), 06419, United States

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(860) 663-2030

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MO 08:00 – 18:00 SA 08:00 – 18:00
TU 08:00 – 18:00 SU 08:00 – 18:00
WE 08:00 – 18:00
TH 08:00 – 18:00
FR 08:00 – 18:00
Description 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.HistoryThe 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.GeologyThe 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.
  • 381 Route 80, Killingworth (CT), 06419, United States
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