Hiking in Connecticut: Chatfield Hollow State Park

Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth, ConnecticutDan at Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth, Connecticut

Stomping through the ferns, haha. Just kidding! He was trying to avoid poison ivy.

Dan at Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth, ConnecticutDan at Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth, Connecticut

Kim and Dan at Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth, Connecticut
Kim and Dan at Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth, Connecticut

Pond at Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth, ConnecticutPond at Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth, ConnecticutPond at Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth, ConnecticutTrees at Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth, Connecticut

We love taking advantage of sunny weather by hiking at the plentiful of state parks in Connecticut. Last weekend was reasonably warm for a spring day, so we chose to venture through the scenic Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth, CT.

Luckily, the park was free and had ample parking spaces. There were picnic tables scattered throughout the park, plus a boardwalk through wetlands, a covered bridge and a small beach. Although the beach was essentially a short patch of sand by the pond pictured above. This place would be perfect for families because the main trails are flat, while other trails vary in difficulty. We saw several people walking their dogs too. Apparently Cockaponset State Forest is right next door, but we missed it. Guess we will be back next weekend!

As a side note, our goal by next summer is to find a bicycle that will fit my petite frame so that Dan and I can finally bike on trails together. After all, Dan’s favorite outdoor activity is mountain biking. Although, he will have to accept that I will slow him down to a crawl, haha. If anyone knows of a good bicycle brand (road or mountain) that caters to small women, like 5 feet tall, do tell us in the comments below!

Where do you like to go hiking?

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82 Comments

  1. May 26, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Ah, reminds me of my last camping trip. Looks super peaceful!!

    -Rachel @ Backcountry Petite

    • June 5, 2017 / 11:25 am

      How fun! We looked up whether we could camp in Chatfield Hollow State Park, but I don’t think it’s allowed, unfortunately!

  2. May 26, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    I miss hiking! Jesse and I used to hike when we were in Finland and Hongkong. Nature always gets active. I can’t wait to go back to Finland and hike my days away! I fell in love with the hollow state park through your pictures. I am hooked on your blog 🙂

    • May 26, 2017 / 2:15 pm

      btw, I followed you on twitter 🙂

    • June 5, 2017 / 11:27 am

      Finland and Hong Kong?! That’s amazing! And thanks for reading, Kandice <3

  3. May 26, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    Like always! Great post!! Love the pictures! Chatfield Hollow State Park looks like a great place to hike! <3 Thanks for sharing your experience! Have an adventurous weekend! 🙂
    xx
    Shivangi

    • June 5, 2017 / 11:32 am

      So sweet! Thanks Shivangi!

    • June 5, 2017 / 11:37 am

      Most people don’t think to visit Connecticut, but I swear our state has lots of trees and beautiful nature! 🙂

    • June 5, 2017 / 11:38 am

      So sweet! Thanks Paola!

    • June 5, 2017 / 11:44 am

      Yes, walks in the park always relax us!

  4. May 26, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    You guys are cute! There’s actually not many places to hike in Chicago. But I do enjoy it. My husband was originally from the Northeast and he talks about how amazing CT is! That park looks awesome and love how tall those trees are!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    • June 5, 2017 / 11:49 am

      Thanks Rach! I’m glad he has good thoughts about my state! Not many people talk about Connecticut.

  5. May 26, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    This is so beautiful! My family was going to move to Connecticut a very long time ago but ended up moving to Aus instead. Can’t believe I’ve been missing out on this!

    cait / cait rammy

    • June 5, 2017 / 11:51 am

      Aw, don’t be fooled by my pictures! I bet Australia is WAY better, haha.

  6. May 27, 2017 / 6:48 am

    Oh, you switched to the WordPress commenting system! I hope my advice was right about not losing the comments??

    Anyways, lovely photos as always Kim! I have to reply to your email too btw xD

    • June 5, 2017 / 11:51 am

      You were right, I didn’t lose my comments! Thanks girlie!

  7. May 27, 2017 / 8:51 am

    You two are so cute!! I just love the big trees, we have big trees here, but I don’t feel like they’re as impressive!

    Brooke

    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • June 5, 2017 / 11:56 am

      Thanks Brooke! Glad you appreciate nature like us 🙂

  8. May 27, 2017 / 11:56 am

    The water looks so serene 🙂 When you do find a bicycle brand for petite women let me know as well!

    • June 5, 2017 / 11:57 am

      Hey Colleen! Thanks for reading! I’ll definitely let you know when I know!

    • June 5, 2017 / 11:57 am

      Aw thanks so much Diana Maria!

  9. Keri Elaine
    May 27, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    This is so fun! Twitter is fun for live tweeting shows for sure!

    https://kerielaine.com

    Keri Elaine

    • June 5, 2017 / 12:00 pm

      Haven’t even considered the live tweeting shows yet! Thanks for reading Keri!

    • June 5, 2017 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks Ashley! Hiking is one of our favorite past times!

    • June 5, 2017 / 12:22 pm

      For such a small state, we have so much nature in Connecticut, if you look hard enough!

  10. May 28, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    You and Dan look super adorbs together! The scenery out in Chatfield Hollow State Park looks AMAZING!!!! Glad you both enjoyed your time there despite the poison ivy’s laying around.

    Hope you’ll find that perfect bicycle! I have the same issue as well; most bikes are too big for me @__@. I never found a perfect bike but I’m sending my good vibes your way!!

    • June 5, 2017 / 12:23 pm

      Thanks so much Nancy! We loved the tall trees in Chatfield Hollow! And we are used to poison ivy, since it grows everywhere!

      Hope you find the perfect bike too! We must be the same size!

  11. May 28, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    I love nature adventures. They always result in the best photography
    Kate || KATE KOUTURES

    • June 5, 2017 / 12:45 pm

      Agreed, nature is so photogenic!

  12. May 28, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Looks like a great place! My fav places I’ve hiked thus far are all in Kauai, HI. Specifically Queen’s Bath & various trips to the waterfalls. So gorgeous!

    http://www.thekaragon.com

    • June 5, 2017 / 12:49 pm

      Kauai, HI sounds amazing! I would definitely love to hike there someday! Waterfalls are my favorite!

  13. May 29, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    These photos are beautiful! I always love exploring new parks and seeing the beautiful scenery. I’ll have to put this one on my list next time I head up north!

    • June 7, 2017 / 12:57 pm

      Thanks! Connecticut has nice places to hike if you look hard enough!

  14. Miri
    May 29, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    Connecticut is such a beautiful place. I love the trees and the nature. I can see that you had an amazing time.
    XO
    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com

    • June 7, 2017 / 1:01 pm

      Thanks Miri. I’ve never lived anywhere else!

  15. May 29, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    It looks so beautiful & peaceful there! I wish there were hiking places like that around where I am but we have a pretty different landscape. Good luck with finding the perfect bicycle! Can’t wait to see it when you do get one!

    TFM BLOG

    • June 21, 2017 / 2:48 pm

      Aw thanks for your sweet message!

    • June 21, 2017 / 2:52 pm

      Same here, hopefully we’ll visit again!

  16. May 30, 2017 / 5:47 am

    Super cute! Looks like a lovely day out!

    Alya / moorizzla xx

    • June 7, 2017 / 1:09 pm

      Definitely, it was the best day of the season thus far!

  17. May 30, 2017 / 10:06 am

    Wow! This is kinda strange but this location and especially the forest and the lake remind me of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. btw, you guyz look cute together 🙂

    • June 7, 2017 / 1:10 pm

      How interesting! Although I just looked up Himachal Pradesh and it looks WAY more grand and prettier than Connecticut which is much smaller and mountainless, haha. My pictures must’ve fooled ya 😉 And thanks so much!

    • June 7, 2017 / 1:12 pm

      Thanks Amy Ann, that’s just the reason why we hike!

  18. Gabrielle
    May 30, 2017 / 11:28 am

    Hiking can be so much fun and this one really does look like an amazing experience. Those tall, tall trees – wow! Love your adorable couple selfies by the way 🙂

    aglassofice.com
    x

    • June 7, 2017 / 1:19 pm

      We love stumbling upon fun hikes in Connecticut! Thanks for reading!

  19. May 30, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    My family is from CT, but I haven’t done much hiking there. I think there is a nice little trail somewhere in New Haven that I’ve done before. It has this stone lookout thing on top too. It’s pretty neat to see what’s in our own backyard sometimes! Sounds like you guys had a great time! And yes, lots of poison ivy on CT haha. Congrats on joining Twitter! I am not as active there as I used to be, but I’ve been getting in to it again. I remember circa 2008 when it just started booming.

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • June 7, 2017 / 1:27 pm

      Wow that’s so funny that you mention the trail in New Haven because I plan to post about it in a few days! Since we aren’t traveling this summer (too consumed with wedding related matters) we are traveling around our backyards aka Connecticut instead!

    • June 7, 2017 / 1:28 pm

      Most people don’t know that either, so I don’t blame you!

  20. May 31, 2017 / 10:32 pm

    Those trees are so huge and stunning! Connecticut is so pretty, wow! I live in Maine so I often go hiking mostly in Acadia etc, but I’ll have to go to Connecticut more. 🙂
    Julia | juliainbluhm.com

    • June 7, 2017 / 1:29 pm

      Oh nooo. People in Connecticut would much rather travel up to Maine! I absolutely love Maine and Acadia!

  21. June 1, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    This looks like such a lovely place to hike! We love hiking too and I’ll be sharing some of our recent walks (in Devon, UK) soon 🙂 xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

    • June 7, 2017 / 1:41 pm

      Great! Can’t wait to read about your hikes!

    • June 7, 2017 / 1:45 pm

      To be honest, I’m thinking that Twitter will be another form of social media that I end up neglecting, haha. But I thought I’d try my best to keep up with the rest of the internet anyways! And he always hikes in shorts, hehe.

  22. June 5, 2017 / 11:49 am

    This looks absolutely amazing – what a gorgeous place to explore! Also, welcome to Twitter!! Woo!! Ha! I’ve made sure to follow you guys – I love your blog and can’t wait to spend some time reading through your amazing posts!

    I hope you have a brilliant start to your week!
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.co.uk

    • June 7, 2017 / 1:49 pm

      Aw thanks so much, Michael! I’m excited to read more of your blog too!! And super psyched that we’re friends on Twitter now!

    • June 7, 2017 / 1:51 pm

      Thanks Hannah! The park was quite photogenic.

    • June 7, 2017 / 2:00 pm

      Totally! If only I did films!

  23. June 6, 2017 / 3:10 am

    beautiful photos and this park looks amazing! love the tall trees and the water!

    kileen
    cute & little

    • June 7, 2017 / 2:09 pm

      Agreed, we love tall trees! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    • June 7, 2017 / 2:11 pm

      That’s great! Hiking is such a fun activity with others!

  24. June 11, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    OMG those photos are stunning *_*
    I can see you two had a great time. I’d definitely like to go there 🙂

    • June 12, 2017 / 5:20 pm

      Thanks, maybe someday!

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