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Knowlton Hill Preserve is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mansfield Center, Connecticut that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 177 feet Route Type: Loop

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C.C. Knowlton, a wealthy mill owner, built his copper roofed summer home at the top of Knowlton Hill in the style of Watch Hill. His granddaughter, Mildred Hammond-Knowlton and her niece, Evelyn Guymon, gave this tract to the Trust. The most distinctive feature is the hill itself, from which one can see the Mt. Hope River valley and as far as Pumpkin Hill in Chaplin. Trails on both sides of Knowlton Hill Road wind through 127 acres of woods and fields past Knowlton Pond and then to the crest of a glacial drumlin, which affords a commanding view of the Mount Hope River valley and the pond. Along one trail, two granite benches have been placed in memory of William S. Toubman. These present an irresistible stopping point to rest and take in the scenery. The area is surrounded by working farms, many of which are preserved through agricultural trusts and easements. A small off-road parking area is available at the edge of the hayfield. Nearby is a kiosk with a large map of the trails as well as a loose-leaf trail guide corresponding to 10 sign posts. This guide may be borrowed to take along on your walk.

11 days ago

Multiple trails great for families and those that love a pond view! No Mountain Bikes No Motorized Vehicles All Pets Must Be Leashed

17 days ago

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21 days ago

Part of Joshua’s Trust, the trail starts just off of Knowlton Hill Road over a round hill (a glacial drumlin in fact). I give this one five stars but I also want you to know I only explored the section from the small dirt parking lot to the bottom of the orange trail that meets Knowlton Pond. We brought a blanket to lay in the ankle length grass under the big oak tree. We were there for over an hour and a half and only saw one other person. Lots of birds flying and calling overhead. Tons of bugs. Not much cover from the 80 degree sun since the trees are still pretty bare. I saw what looked like a few rat snakes wrapped around one another by the pond. There’s a 14 page laminated nature guide in the information board that I found really interesting. BYO hand sanitizer. Across from the pond I heard a large construction vehicle constantly backing up and drumming the earth. The trail abuts private property in a few spots so it’s to be expected. Will be back to walk the entire trail very soon!

1 month ago

Nice trail which borders a lake for a portion and, if take the orange trail on the west side follows a stream. From parking area need to follow an unmarked path through a field to trail start. Small elevation gains and passable wet areas

2 months ago

A quick, easy and diverse hike that presents farmland, woodlands and fields. There's nothing spectacular to see but it does have it's own charm. We heard and saw a bunch of young bull frogs in the nearby ponds. We will make a return to see the summer plants and vegetation.

4 months ago

Heavy frost heave made for tough walking but beautiful place

Easy peaceful hike. Makes a nice family hike, just need to watch out for road crossings. Wasn't a busy road from my experience, but is something to be mindful of.

Fri Jul 06 2018

Very well marked trail with interesting scenery. Took a little over a half hour.

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