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Make your way to the state of Connecticut for a motorhome camping trip with family and friends. Covering 412-acres, Chatfield Hollow State Park is located in the town of Killingworth, just opposite the Cockaponset State Forest. Designated as a state park in 1949, Chatfield Hollow was first developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps as a recreation area in the 1930s. Pines, oak, beech, and hickory cover the state park that is a favorite with campers and outdoor enthusiasts. Not too far from Chatfield Hollow State Park are the cities of Clinton and East Haddam. Book an RV in Middlesex County, for a convenient way of getting around and exploring these areas.

Campers are in for a treat as Chatfield Hollow State Park has plenty of outdoor recreation available. In addition to recreation, the park’s history throws up more adventure with several Indian caves and historical sites that can be explored too. There is the 6.67-acre Schreeder Pond within the park along with a restored water wheel that’s been around since the era of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The park sits in a glacial valley, and the terrain is nothing short of beautiful! 

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Getting Outdoors

Camping at Chatfield Hollow State Park is a great idea if you’re the adventurous kind! Put on your hiking boots and set off to explore over 23 miles of hiking trails that go through outcroppings, pine groves, fishing ponds, sandy beaches, and Indian caves. Cross the inland swamp in the park by walking across an 825-foot boardwalk. Don’t miss the blue-blazed Chatfield Trail that begins in the park and extends into the Cockaponset State Forest. 

In addition to hiking, the park offers diverse trails for mountain biking, cross country skiing, and horseback riding too. 

Trout fishing is popular at Chatfield Hollow State Park. As one of the state’s 11 designated trout parks, it’s a delight to fish here even for novice anglers. With several streams and ponds scattered around the park that are well stocked with trout, fishing here is great fun. Remember to carry a valid fishing license.

The glacial formations in Chatfield Hollow State Park make it ideal for rock climbing. Many ledges and cliffs around the park make it a sought-after rock climbing destination, and it also features as one of the rock climbing routes in the state. 

If you fancy a dip in the water when you go RV camping at Chatfield Hollow State Park, Schreeder Pond has a 300-foot wide sandy beach that’s ideal for swimming or just sunbathing. 

Camping at Chatfield Hollow State Park  

While Chatfield Hollow State Park is a day-use park, you could always rough it out in a tent or rent a campervan near Chatfield Hollow State Park. The Riverdale Farm Campsite is just over five miles away and has 250 campsites available. Amenities at this campground include pull-thru sites, big rig access, full hookups, 20, 30, and 50 amp electric, sewer, water, a dump station, central water spigot, cable television, WiFi, and cell phone coverage. There are also restrooms, shower stalls, laundry facilities, a camp store for last-minute camping essentials, and a clubhouse. Kids will have fun running around in the playground. There’s a recreation room, fishing, biking, and outdoor courts for recreation. Bring your furry friends along to this pet-friendly campground, as they are welcome here.

When you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Chatfield Hollow State Park, drive to the Little City Campground in Higganum. It has 50 campsites and offers amenities like big rig access, full hookups, WiFi, and cell phone connectivity. Campers have access to restrooms and showers, a camp store, and a clubhouse. Let the kids splash about in the swimming pool or run about in the playground. Explore the many recreational trails with your four-legged friends at this pet-friendly campground. 

Exploring the Area

After exploring Chatfield Hollow State Park, get ready to explore the surrounding areas too. A 23-mile drive from the state park will bring you to the city of Hamden, considered one of America’s best small cities to live in.  

Visit the Sleeping Giant State Park during your RV rental vacation. Home to a natural monument that’s been around over 200 million years, the state park also offers great hiking and mountain biking trails and is a sheer delight for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts.  

Check out the Great Hunger Museum dedicated to the Irish Great Famine of 1845. Exhibiting art, sculptures, artifacts, and literature on the famine, it provides an insight into the social, political, and economic causes and impact.

Spend a day in Edgerton Park. Located at the border of Hamden and New Haven, the park was previously an estate and is currently on the National Register of Historic Places.

Explore the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail that cuts through Hamden. It’s a linear walking trail that goes over a former rail bed of the New Haven and Northampton Company railroad. The railroad is now closed, but portions of it have been turned into walkable trails.   

Indulge in Connecticut staples like hot lobster rolls, steamed cheeseburgers, apple cider, and clam pie when you’re in Hamden. The city has a whole lot of dining options to consider.

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