A large brush fire that started at Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam Monday and continued throughout Tuesday is out for the most part. Dwayne Gardener, spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said there were stumps still smoldering but nothing major.
The fire burned the dry grass and dead limbs of 130 acres in the 860 acre state park. The DEEP will be periodically checking on the area to make sure the fire does not reignite itself. There was no significant loss of trees and the humid rainy conditions today helped quell the dry conditions in the park.
The park itself is open but the hiking trails are remaining closed for an undetermined amount of time. Devil’s Hopyard is popular for hikers, birders, campers, fisherman and the occasional ghost hunter.
Legend has it that the devil hopped along the rocks where water plunges down from Chapman Falls. The scenic waterfall is one of the parks most popular features. Old Satan supposedly left perfect cylindrical footprints on the rocks. More likely the holes were formed by stones moving downstream by the current and became trapped in an eddy where they spun around and around, wearing a depression in the rock.
Nevertheless, people have reported strange figures in the forest, eerie noises and two individuals were allegedly attacked by some sort of devilish creatures. If you would like to check out the park for yourself, it is located at 366 Hopyard Road, East Haddam Connecticut.