Chaplin, CT

The town of Chaplin is unique. It was created on a site where there had been no prior settlement. It was built quickly and has experience no development or changes. Chaplin provides a unique record of architecture and community planning of the 1820s and 1830s. The pristine Natchaug River flows nearby. There are many ponds, lake and dams. Extensive hiking and horse trail networks in the Natchaug State Forest and the adjacent Goodwin Forest. Chaplin is part of the Last Green Valley, a National Heritage Corridor charted to conserve and preserve the vast natural resources.

Along The Trail

Diana’s Pool

20 Diana’s Pool Rd.

Diana’s Pool is a state-designated water access and fishing area along the Natchaug River.  This area is gorgeous year-round drawing visitors from all over to the evergreen banks of this infamous swimming hole.  It is a romantic mix of local legends and clear waters with short trails and a splash of old mill ruins.  You can’t do much better a description than the New York Times article from 1983,

Nickerson Park

1036 Phoenixville Rd. (Rte. 198)

Nestled deep in the Natchaug River Valley, Nickerson Park Family Campground offers an escape from the bustle and noise of every-day life, while positioning guests at the heart of over 12,000 acres of State Forest. Nickerson Park offers a wide range of campsites; from riverside sites with water, electrical and cable connections, to full-hookup pull-through sites that include 50 amp electrical service and on-site sewer.

Chaplin Museum

1 Chaplin St.

A one-room museum, Chaplin Museum offers annual special exhibits and local articles and memorabilia. The museum is open Sunday afternoons from July through September. A small Greek Revival building, the Chaplin Museum was originally erected in 1840 as the Town Hall.

Bats of Bedlam Maple Farm

101 Bedlam Rd.

Try some of their maple syrup, maple cream, maple butter, maple sugar, maple sugar-coated peanuts, and maple vinegar. Maple syrup is made in February and March, but is delicious any time of the year.

Harmony Farm

294 Bedlam Rd.

The tree farm is owned by Steven Laume, a resident of Bedlam Four Corners for more than 25 years. Steve’s commitment to responsible land stewardship means that your tree will be free of pesticides and herbicides. You’ll enjoy strolling on level, grassy terrain — no tripping and sliding over mud and rocks. If you’re lucky, you might even find a beautiful bird’s nest in your tree!

Bach Dor Cafe

9 Willimantic Rd.

Connecticut’s #1 bike destination! The Bach Dor features live entertainment, a spacious deck for outside dining, and an outside bar.