Hopeville Pond State Park
Address: 929 Hopeville Rd, Griswold CT 06351
Time from Boston: 1 hour, 33 minutes (90 miles)
Camping at Hopeville Pond State Park
A state park since 1938, Hopeville Pond in Connecticut offers 80 wooded camping spots. Most are very close to the campground beach and the pond itself. The camping areas are divided into sections A-F, and only section F is a bit further from the water. Toilets and drinking water are centrally located. See the campground map.
Because of its location on the pond, campers have plenty to do here, including swimming, boating, fishing, hiking and biking. The park’s camping season runs from the third Friday of April to the end of September. As with any wooded, wet area, you can expect mosquitoes when it’s warm, so come prepared.
Camping costs are $17 per night for Connecticut residents and $27 for out-of-staters, plus additional processing fees (typically $9.) The drive from Boston is about 90 minutes, so it’s perfect for a day or overnight trip. Reservations can be made here.
History of Hopeville Pond State Park
Hopeville Pond has a lot of interesting history behind it. Using strategic practices to direct fish into their traps, the Mohegan Native American tribe used this part of the Pachaug River as a major food source. Way back in 1711, as early pioneers settled in the area, sawmills and cornmills were constructed.
In the 1800s, John Slater bought three existing mills and built a new one, which he called the Hope Mill. That name stuck and eventually became Hopeville
By the early 1900s, the mills had been destroyed by fire, and the state recognized the potential in turning the area into a recreational site. It received state park status in 1938.