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HOPEVILLE POND STATE PARK
LOCATION - The park is on the Pachaug River, 3 miles east of Jewett City on Connecticut 201.
FEATURES - The Pachaug River was a major fishing ground for the Mohegan Indians. At low water, you can still see the stone weirs that directed the water so that the fish were forced into the center of the stream where they could be trapped.
You can see glacial features, including eskers, sand and gravel ridges left behind by glacial meltwater, and kettleholes, bowl-shaped depressions carved by the melting of ice chunks.
Hopeville Pond is a former woolen mill pond.
ACTIVITIES - Go freshwater fishing and swimming from the beach in the Hopeville Pond, camping in the 82-site campground near the pond, hiking, and picnicking. Purchase concessions at the concession stand on the beach. A general store is Уг mile from the park. Launch your boats into the pond, located 2V2 miles north of Connecticut 138.
Pachaug State Forest is adjacent to the park's east side, one mile north of Voluntown on Connecticut 49. Here you can go boating from the ramp, pond swimming, scuba diving, fishing for trout, and boating in Green Falls Pond Recreation Area. Camp in one of 18 sites at Green Falls and take a hike. Narra-gansett, Quinebaug, Pachaug, and Nehantic hiking trails pass through here. Backpackers can camp in Peg Mill Brook Shelter. Advance reservations must be made. Call 203-376-4075. During the winter, go cross-country skiing, dog sled racing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing.
Twenty-two additional camp sites are available in the Mount Misery area. Equestrians have 18 campsites available in Frog Hollow Horse Camp. Reservations must be made. Call them at 203-295-9523. Pick up a map of the horse trails through the state forest.
Other hikes in the Mount Misery area include a trail up 441-foot Mount Misery. In early July, walk through the rhododendron sanctuary when the flowers are in bloom. You can also fish for trout, bass, pickerel, and bullhead in Beachdale Pond. Boating access to Beachdale Pond is available from the east side of Connecticut 49, one mile north of Voluntown.
Hopeville Pond State Park
193 Roode Road
Jewett City, Connecticut 06351
203-376-2920 (park office)
Pachaug State Forest P.O. Box 5
Voluntown, Connecticut 06384 203-376-4075