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Hopeville Pond State Park. Beautiful Morning
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Mystic Country Region
Mystic Country Region
Hopeville Pond State Park
Hopeville Pond State Park
193 Roode Road
Jewett City, Connecticut   06351

Phone: 860-376-2920
Toll Free: 866-287-2757
Reservations: 860-376-0313
Hopeville Pond State Park
'Beautiful Morning'
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Hopeville Pond State Park. Beautiful Morning

Hopeville Pond State Park
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Hopeville State Park. Riding Around

Hopeville Pond State Park
'Peaceful Morning'
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Hopeville Pond State Park. Peaceful Morning

Visitors can fish, swim or camp on the serene shores of Hopeville Pond. The site, which once boasted several successful mill operations, offers a fine mix of quality recreation and local history.
History of the Area
The Pachaug River 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. Until blocked up by a dam, constructed in 1828 at Greenville, shad passed up the Quinebaug River in great numbers.

In pioneer times, the gristmill and sawmill were among the first requisites of a community. In 1711, surveyor Stephen Gates was granted fourteen acres of land within the limits of the present state park for the purpose of constructing mills. He erected a sawmill and cornmill at the natural falls (now underwater) on the Pachaug River for the convenience of the inhabitants. In 1818, Elizah Abel purchased this mill privilege and erected a woolen mill at the site. John Slater later purchased the woolen mill, sawmill, and gristmill; he then built a satinet mill faced with local granite. He named his new mill the Hope Mill. The name Hopeville was derived from this and has remained to the present time. In 1860, the village of Hopeville reached its zenith with the tremendous demands for woolens. At this time, it was owned by Edwin Lanthrop and Company and prospered until 1881 when the mill was destroyed by fire, never to be rebuilt. At the turn of the century, the church and four houses in the community burned. Furthermore, in 1908, the gristmill which had operated from 1711 until that time also went up in flames.

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.
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
 Electric Sitesyes
Hopeville Pond Campground offers 80 sites in a wooded setting. The camping season begins in mid-April and ends September 30, when the campground gate closes.
Nearby Accommodations
Friendship Valley Inn - Brooklyn, CTBBs / Inns
A Bed Breakfast in the Quiet Corner of Northeast Connecticut on Route 169, a National Scenic Byway.
12.1 miles from park*
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Things To Do in the Area
Explore the Connecticut River aboard the R/V River Quest, an environmentally friendly 64', 60 passenger vessel docked at Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam, CT.
33.8 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 20 Problems due to Park and DEP Cutbacks! by Frankmeister
Hello, I have been camping at this Ct. Park for over Thirty 30 Years, and until recently have always had a totaly wonderfull experience! But with the cutbacks and staffing inadiquacies, such as no night staff, It has turned into or should I say is turning to another Party Central, Recent Personal experiences tells me either we put the funding back into our parks, or loose them to the Party central Generation, that has no Respect for their fellow Campers, or Nature in general! I am really displeased, but want better staffing, and gratuities, for the costs, and folks using them!

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Off I-395: take Exit 86.From the North: take a right off the exit.

From the South: take a left off the exit.

Follow Hopeville Road or the park signs until the (Y) intersection. Proceed to the right. The park entrance is a ? mile to the right, off Route 201.

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Hopeville Pond State Park
Hopeville Pond State Park