Devil's Hopyard State Park


Legend has it that the round holes in the park's beautiful, 60ft Chapman Falls were made by the Devil itself, but you can thank the state of Connecticut for the 860 acres of pretty grounds for camping (campsites per night $24), hiking and picnicking.

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