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CHATFIELD PICNIC SHELTERS, CT
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DescriptionChatfield Hollow Picnic Shelter sits upon Chatfield Hollow Brook, an ideal place to swim, fish, picnic, or hike. Reminders of early history include several old building foundations, a restored waterwheel on the upper pond, and a covered bridge reproduction spanning the brook. Chunks of oddly shaped metal fragments found near the watercourse are evidence that an iron smelting furnace worked native ores into metal for implements. Artifacts found in the vicinity of Indian Council Caves indicate that Native Americans once gathered amid the rock recesses and overhangs. An Indian trail once paralleled the brook, along what is now the park road. Early settlers made use of the stream for waterpower. Descendants of three Chatfield brothers, who arrived from England about 1639, were believed to have operated a gristmill along the brook.
Chatfield Hollow Brook flows toward Long Island Sound between two high ridges covered with oak, beech, and hickory. In 1934, the Civilian Conservation Corps built an earth and stone dam across the brook, creating seven acre Schreeder Pond. Pines planted at the same time now form a green setting around the pond.
Chatfield Hollow is a designated Trout Park, so pond and stream fishing are available. Other activities include swimming, picknicking, and hiking.
Park facilities include restrooms, picnic shelters, and picnic tables.
Nearby parks include Haddam Meadows State Park, Hammonasset Beach State Park, and Wadsworth Falls State Park.
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Alerts and Important InformationYou can now make a reservation for the day before your arrival and up until 11 months in advance
All Parking fees are additional and will be collected on arrival at the gate.
Getting There:From I-95: Take Exit 63. Follow Route 81 north to Route 80 west. From Route 9: Take Exit 9. Follow Route 81 south to Route 80 west, and watch for park entrance signs.
Mailing Address:CHATFIELD PICNIC SHELTERS
381 ROUTE 80
KILLINGWORTH CT 06419
Phone Number:Information: (860)663-2030