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Moodus & East Haddam Meander


Total Distance:  32.4 miles                 Elevation Gain:  2457 feet  


Degree of Difficulty Index:  2457 ft / 32.4 mi = 75.83 ft/mi             Terrain:  Very hilly


Killer Hills: None…but there are several hilly sections that will focus your mind


Geographical Region:  South Central Connecticut


City/Town:  Chester


Starting Location:  Rt. 9 Exit 6 CPL (Rt. 148) in Chester


Ride Description:  This ride travels up to East Haddam and Moodus over mostly rolling terrain with a few somewhat hilly sections along the way.  It features a visit to the historic village of Johnsonville in Moodus, a swing past the Moodus Reservoir, views of Bashan Lake, a possible lunch/snack stop at the picnic area in Devil's Hopyard State Park, a crossing of the Connecticut River via the Chester ferry ($1.00 fee) and a possible ice cream stop @ Robbie's in Chester village.


Facilities and Points of Interest:    



            Facilities - Points of Interest


Tylerville: Convenience store, Subway


East Haddam Swing-bridge crossing of the Connecticut River


Goodspeed Opera House and the Gelston House in East Haddam


Historic village of Johnsonville (views) – not presently open to the public


Convenience store on right


Convenience store on right


Moodus Reservoir (views)


Causeway across Moodus Reservoir (views)


Occasional views of Moodus Reservoir (left) and Bashan Lake (right)


Start of great downhill swoop to Devil's Hopyard turnoff


Chapman Falls @ Devil's Hopyard State Park


Devil's Hopyard State Park picnic area; possible lunch/snack break stop; bathrooms and water


Hadlyme: (Country store on corner)


Chester Ferry ($1.00)


Chester village (possible stop @ Robbie's for ice cream)



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