Chapman Falls
East Haddam, CT

RATING: 4.5/5.0

Chapman Falls
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STATE: Connecticut
COUNTY: Middlesex County
TOWN: East Haddam
PARK: Devils Hopyard State Park
TYPE: Blocks
HEIGHT: 60-foot total drop
WATER SOURCE: Eightmile River
TRAIL LENGTH: Less than 0.1 mile
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy
HIKING TIME: 5 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: -60 feet
WHEN TO VISIT: April to November
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: Page 37, J&K-13 (marked as ?Devil's Hopyard')
HANDICAP ACCESS: No
INCLUDED IN BOOK: Yes (Included in 2nd Edition of book as a full chapter)
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes (but not in campground)
COST TO VISIT: Free
ALTERNATE NAMES: None Noted



THE FALLS:

Chapman Falls is almost as famous for a fascinating legend involving Satan as it is known as a popular state park day-trip destination. Posted on a billboard at the site is a Puritan belief that Satan once walked along the Eightmile River and became infuriated as his tail became wet. To express his anger, he scampered up to the falls and stomped his hooves on each section of the falls, leaving scars in the boulders of the natural feature the falls descend over. This is where Chapman Falls derives its alternative name, Devils Hopyard.
         In addition to the interesting legend, the falls are quite scenic. The Eight Mile River drops about 60 feet in three bold drops. The waterfall is one of the most powerful in the state and is usually very crowded. This state park also calls for a picnic, so be sure to spend a combined few hours exploring the falls and the picnic area.
         During extremely dry weather, the falls may lose their 'block' formation and become weak-flowing horsetails. This should not ruin any plans for visiting, as the entire area is scenic regardless of the power of the river. Bring along your fishing rods as the odds are greatly in your favor for catching trout below the falls.


TRAIL INFORMATION:

Please see trail information in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting information via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are interested in.


DIRECTIONS:

Please see directions in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting directions via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are looking for directions to.


SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:

None.




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