Explore the most popular trails near Mansfield Center with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Me and my 9 year old daughter hiked the blue trail on a Monday morning. We had a great time. Trails are clearly marked. We will definitely return.

big area with tons of trails and other fun things to do.

1 month ago

Very easy and quick hike. Took me 5 minutes from my car to the rock. Great views and easy outing.

Beautiful hike, ran into a couple horseback riders, great surprise!

nice hike around

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

My boys and I did some of the Blue Trail and some of the Mansfield Hollow Dam. Our portion was just under 4 mi. Beautiful hike. But we were pressed for time.
Next time we will do it in the morning. ♡

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The only place I want to be when I'm back in town. I love this trail.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Blue trail loop is easy; good for a basic hike with a view

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Secluded on weekdays; good for an easy fall walk

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Easy hike for a great view. The loop is nice (yellow trail markers) but for a much longer out and back, the connected Nipmuk trail (blue markers) is also great.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

great place to hike with my family.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Nice easy hike, and nice spot to climb!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Today I did the section between Southeast School and Lion's Field. my hike was about 3.2 miles, following the blue & yellow trail, then the red & white off the soccer fields, then the Nipmuck back to the blue and yellow. Bug spray would have been smart! Nice easy hike, with some elevation but nothing steep.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

cool little hike. beautiful view.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Short, but a nice view

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Babies first hike at 5 months old. Nice easy trail! Really enjoyed the beautiful sitting area made by a Boy Scout that overlooked a big swamp.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

We found the entrance on Crane Hill Road, parking on both sides of the road. Following the marked trail to Wolf rock, easy climb, in less than 15 minutes with a nice valley view to the south and west. Continued down to where the trail forked right toward the main entrance and left that we took that allowed us to loop back to the Wolf rock with easier grade changing path and then returned to the car. We were out for about one hour. I will bring my grandkids up here some time for a nice picnic ..

Saturday, November 07, 2015

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.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

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!

Friday, July 03, 2015

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.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Nice little loop. Not too steep, but definitely hilly. There's one spot for an outlook but not great as far as views go. Highly recommend wearing bug spray. I was getting completely swarmed down by the lake area. Otherwise it's a decent day hike.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Only made it just up to the rock and back this evening - will continue on blue trail on a later date...

Sunday, June 15, 2014

I took the segment from the boat launch at Mansfield Hollow, out to the overlook. On the way back, I took the Fenton Trail back (blue/white), then the yellow-blazed trail runner trail back to the boat launch. That will give you a loop of about 10 miles if you don't feel like doing an out-and-back. This route has fairly gentle terrain, and a lot of variety. I suppose I am especially partial to this hike because of all the views of Mansfield Hollow, and the amount of time spent on the banks the Fenton River -- water, especially running streams, has always been a particular payoff for me.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sweet Trail, didnt finish, but certainly mwould like too.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I'm about 10 miles short of this trail because my friend rolled her ankle on our last day but i plan to finish this.

paddle sports
Sunday, September 26, 2010

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.

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