Hopeville Pond State Park, which encompasses the Pachaug River, is noted for its glacial geologic features. Historically significant, it was a major fishing ground for the Mohegan Indians. At low water the stone weirs, constructed by the Indians at angles from the river banks, are still visible. These weirs directed water flow as well as eels, shad, and other fish toward the center of the stream where the Indians placed baskets to trap them. Now, the park is known for its water sports opportunities, the most popular of which remains fishing.
Hopeville Pond State Park consists of 544 acres and is located in Griswold, CT. Hopeville Pond was once a woolen mill pond. The site's suitability for recreational activities was recognized in the 1930's when the Federal Government purchased considerable acreage in Eastern Connecticut. These lands were managed by the Civilian Conservation Corps with evidence of much of the work done by the CCC still visible in the pine plantations, forest roads, and fire control ponds. Most of these federally purchased lands now comprise portions of the nearby Pachaug State Forest.
Activities nclude picnicking, freshwater fishing, swimming, boating, field sports, a nature trail, hiking, and bicycling.
Hopeville Pond Campground offers 80 sites in a wooded setting near the pond. The camping season begins in mid-April and ends September 30. Additional park facilities include a dumping station, boat launch ramp, concessions, drinking water, and showers.
Nearby attractions include Greenfalls Recreation Area and Pachaug Forest, in Voluntown.
As of June 30, 2014 alcohol is now permanently banned at this park. Please do not bring any alcoholic beverages and plan you visit accordingly.
In an effort to protect Connecticut's forests from the introduction and spread of destructive insect pests - in particular the emerald ash borer and Asian long-horned beetle - the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is taking the following action:
Prohibiting the bringing of firewood into state of Connecticut campgrounds and state parks from other states. As an alternative, firewood can be either purchased at the camp stores within the state campgrounds or at local retail sellers of firewood.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection greatly appreciates the public's assistance in helping to protect the state's natural resources and apologizes for any inconvenience this initiative may cause.
You can now make a reservation for the day before your arrival and up until 11 months in advance. The maximum length of stay is fourteen consecutive days. If you have a 14 day reservation, all members of your camping party and your camping equipment must leave the park for 5 days before you can return.
Pets are not permitted in the campground.
Additional information can be found at the following address:
CT State Parks (DEEP)
or Friends of Connecticut State Parks
General Camping Information
Explore the natural and cultural histories of Connecticut State Parks and Forests through inerpretation! Interpretive events are listed on the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection's website. Take a hike, meet a snake, learn about forest heroes, and more! Follow this link to the DEEP's Calendar of Events. Perform a "Keyword" search for this park/forest and then join a program. Additional programs may be offered, so be sure to check with the campground staff. For additional information please call the DEEP Division of State Parks at 860-424-3200. Find interpretive programs: