Chatfield Hollow Climbing Area


Chatfield Hollow Climbing Area is located in Chatfield State Park Connecticut. The climbs here are amongst the best quality in southeast Connecticut. You can crank steep overhanging terrain, send a few classic boulder problems, then cool down on some nice dihedrals or cracks. This area has been popular since the late 60s and over the past few decades climbers like Ken Nichols and many others have proven themselves on the great stone here.  As one of Connecticut’s main climbing areas, this area sees a little traffic.  It’s not as popular as other Conn destinations but is still popular for Conn locals and RI climbers.


This area is very diverse:  there is sport, trad, bolt trad mix, and bouldering.  Problems range from V0- to V-hard and routes to the 5.12d range and a good mix of cracks, dihedrals, overhanging terrain and more.  There is good gear in horizontals and most cracks.  You should bring a mix of small and medium sized gear for leading and some moderate length slings for toprope setups.  You can climb a lot of routes here because the access is easy and climbs easy to lead, set up, and find.


Find state Route 9 and get off of  Exit 9. Next take Route 81 south to Route 80 and continue to a traffic circle; you will see signs for Chatfield State Park.   Continue to drive a little bit farther and park on the left at obvious parking.  Next walk up the road 150yds past a little road and head into the woods on the north side of the road just before a guardrail A faint trail heads into the woods and  the cliff is less than 100 yads in.

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