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Status: Open through Tue Nov 11 2014   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Tue Mar 17 2015   Later Dates


Chatfield 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 Attractions:

Nearby parks include Haddam Meadows State Park, Hammonasset Beach State Park, and Wadsworth Falls State Park.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Ada Accessible Picnic Area
  • Ada Accessible Pit Restroom
  • Ada Accessible Restroom
  • Bbq Grills
  • Beach
  • Bike Riding
  • Bike Trail
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boardwalk
  • Climbing
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilet
  • Gatehouse
  • Grills
  • Group Cooking Facilities
  • Group Picnic Shelters
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Trails
  • Historic Sites
  • Horse Trail
  • Hospital
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trail
  • Nature Viewing Area
  • Park Attendant
  • Park Benches
  • Parking
  • Paved Roads
  • Pavilion
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Play Field
  • Potable Water
  • Pressurized Water
  • Recycling Center
  • Restroom
  • Sandy Beaches
  • Scenery
  • Swimming
  • Water Faucets
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Bait
  • Cafe
  • Convenience Store
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Grocery Store
  • Lodge
  • Post Office
  • Restaurant
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Golf
  • Laundry
Alerts and Important Information
You 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.
Park opens 8:00 a.m. and closes at sunset daily. Pets must be on a leash at all times.

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.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

381 ROUTE 80

Phone Number:

Information: (860)663-2030