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Hopeville Pond State Park
Hopeville Pond State Park Riding Around © william hernandez
Hopeville State Park. Riding Around
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
Email:
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.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimativeyes
 Electric Sitesyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Camping
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, CT
BBs / Inns
A Bed Breakfast in the Quiet Corner of Northeast Connecticut on Route 169, a National Scenic Byway.
12.1 miles from park*




Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews

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Campers World of Connecticut
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860-376-2340
Countryside Campground
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860-376-0029
Deer Haven Campground LLC
65 Preston Allen Road
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860-376-1081
Ross Hill Park
170 Ross Hill Road
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860-376-9606
Mystic KOA
#118 Route 49
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860-599-5101
River Bend Campground
41 Pond Street
Oneco, CT
860-564-3440
Hidden Acres Family Campground
47 River Road
Preston, CT
860-887-9633
Strawberry Park Resort Campground
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Highland Campground
42 Toleration Road
Scotland, CT
860-423-5684
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Directions
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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