Chapman Falls at Devil's Hopyard State Park in Connecticut

Devil’s Hopyard State Park in Southeastern Connecticut is the best place in the region for fall sightseeing. Beautiful Chapman Falls, scenic hiking trails, a historic covered bridge, and stunning fall foliage await you at one of Connecticut’s prettiest parks. This park is incredible anytime of the year, although even more so during the gorgeous fall season. The odd name comes from an old legend involving Satan. The legend goes that the Devil accidentally got his tail wet and got so mad that he burned holes in the stones with his hooves. These pothole stone formations near the falls are said to be the best example in the East.

The highlight of visiting is seeing the gorgeous waterfall. Chapman Falls is absolutely breathtaking and pictures do no justice.  Fall is the perfect time for capturing the perfect photographs.

Chapman Falls at Devil's Hopyard State Park - East Haddam, CT

Leaf peeping amongst the park’s trail system

Pretty bridge along Devil's Hopyard red trail in CT

There are several miles of hiking trails available within the park. We chose to hike the scenic Red Trail, a 4 mile heavily forested loop within the park. Hiking this trail is the ideal fall day out in New England – really nothing compares. The combination of scattered leaves amongst the path, beautiful foliage, and serenity, provides an ideal setting for nature lovers, leaf peepers, photographers, and hikers alike. The hike is relatively easy with a few small, yet manageable hills. We felt as if we got in a great workout, without over pushing ourselves. The hike is well-marked – clear red markings on the trees guide you along.

A few great views along the trail 

Red trail at Devil's Hopyard State Park in East Haddam,CT
Scenic walkway at Devil's Hopyard State Park in CT
Old stone wall at Devil's Hopyard State Park in CT
Beautiful stream and fall colors at Devil's Hopyard in CT
Pretty pond scenery at Devil's Hopyard in CT
Pretty stream along Devil's Hopyard red trail in CT
Scenic stream views at Devil's Hopyard in CT
Beautiful red and yellow foliage at Devil's Hopyard State Park in CT
Gorgeous foliage at Devil's Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, CT
Beautiful orange and yellow foliage at Devil's Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, CT
Pretty fall foliage at Devil's Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, CT

Devil’s Hopyard covered bridge

Covered bridge in the fall at Devil's Hopyard State Park in CT

The real highlight comes at the end of the red trail. If you walk down the road about 1/2 a block, you will come across a beautiful covered bridge. This idyllic setting with fall foliage and a stream in the background is breathtaking: an ideal photography opportunity. We took plenty of pictures at the bridge and then continued on another quarter of a mile or so on the green trail back to the beginning of the hike (near the waterfall). Nothing says fall quite like a New England covered bridge surrounded by beautiful foliage! Absolutely breathtaking!

Side view of a covered bridge at Devil's Hopyard State Park in CT
Fall foliage reflections at Devil's Hopyard in CT

Devil’s Hopyard is one of the most beautiful parks in New England. Whether you are looking for charming New England scenery, a great fall foliage hike, or just a relaxing day out in nature, Devil’s Hopyard should be tops on your list!

Directions

Location: Devil’s Hopyard is located at: 366 Hopyard Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423. Free parking available.