Mansfield Hollow Lake Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mansfield Center, Connecticut that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.
The main road to use to access the boat launch area is Route 6 East in Chaplin,CT.
My grandson and I hiked the Nipmuck (Blue Trail), and the Yellow Trail today that led us around Mansfield Hollow Lake. The Boat launch area off of Basset Bridge Rd is a great place to park to start your hike. Maps of the area are easily found if you Google Mansfield Hollow State Park Trail Map. The trails themselves are well kept and very well marked, including signs with arrows for those easy to miss turns in the trail. It is a relatively easy hike that takes you around the lake through wooded areas. It is a great place to take the family for a picnic and then enjoy the trails and the lake. I enjoy the solitude of the woods. On this hike, we crossed roads, athletic fields, and then more roads. It is a nice hike that is best saved for the summer months or in the fall when the leaves are changing.
Hiked the Nipmuck and yellow trails around the upper and lower sections of lake. Very nice hike. Was a little disappointed that the trails didn't run closer to the water though. Well over a dozen miles of trails here. Great place to waste a day exploring!
Beautiful park with great trails and views of the lake. Red trail starts across the street from the main parking lot, and is a great loop back into the park. You do run into newly installed electrical lines where the trail is cleared in 2 spots. When you come out to the clearing a second time (you'll be facing Bassetts Bridge Rd, the receiving trail market is tough to pick up, but if you go to the right, you'll find it.
Accessing the boat launch site is best done from Route 6 East in Chaplin,CT. Be sure to get here early because the launch area parking is limited and fills up quickly. My wife & I paddled this spot with our kayaks for the first time on the water with them. We went through a small culvert on the right that leads to the other half of the reservoir behind Windham Airport. This place is bigger than it looks with plenty of spots for the fisherman. After we paddled that side, we came back through that culvert to head out to the other side of the lake. We saw a few mountain bikers on a decaying paved road next to the water's edge that was once Old Route 89. We paddled under the new Route 89 and followed a stream to the end where the old steel girder bridge is still there rusting away within the Mansfield Hollow State Forest.