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Devil's Hopyard's principle feature, Chapman Falls, drops more than sixty feet over a series of steps in a Scotland Schist stone formation. The water from the splash pool at the base of the falls, continuing as the Eight Mile River, flows through the park's hemlock-canopied picnic area, providing a tranquil setting for a family outing. Many myths surround the name of the park, including one about a man named Dibble, who grew hops for beer-brewing. Through usage, Dibble's Hopyard supposedly became Devil's Hopyard. Another tale says that the Devil passed by the falls and accidentally wet his tail. Furious, he burned holes in the stones with his hooves as he bounded away. Now, we know that the potholes near the falls, which are some of the finest examples of pothole stone formations in this section of the country, were formed by stones moved downstream by the current, trapped in an eddy where the stone was spun around, wearing a depression in the rock. When the rock wore itself down, another would catch in the same hole and enlarge it. Perfectly cylindrical, the potholes range from inches to several feet in diameter and depth.
Posted by: TrailAPI
on December 4, 2012
Biking - Road, Bird Watching, Fishing - Freshwater, Hiking, Horseshoe Pits, Mountain Biking, Parking, Photography, Pit Toilet, Playing Fields, Recycling Center, Scenic Overlook, Visitor Center, Wildlife Viewing, Church, Firewood, Grocery Store, Laundry, Toilet, Flush, Hospital
No swimming, no pets.
From $14/night to $24/night plus processing fee.
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