Parks and Preserves
In addition to providing a full range of recreational programs for all ages, Mansfield Parks and Recreation Department manages town-owned parks and preserves. See our Trail Guides for more information about the various parks. Additionally, see our Open Space Program to learn more about efforts to protect parcels.
To see current activities with Parks and Preserves, see the Parks and Recreation Catalog.
Both public and private organizations offer recreation in open spaces in Mansfield and many of them are linked to town parks.
Lynch Landing - Through a trail license on the Quinn property, the Town of Mansfield maintains a trail allowing public access to the Willimantic River from Depot Rd. Parking is behind the Town-owned Reynolds School Building (a brick building now used for storage) and follow the trail to the Willimantic River.
Joshua's Conservation and Historic Trust - A local land trust protecting over 2300 acres in 12 area towns, including over 500-acres in Mansfield. For more information about trust trails, see Joshua's Tract Walk Book by Samuel Dodd, available at Mansfield Parks and Recreation. Or, consult their website at www.joshuaslandtrust.org.
University of Connecticut - As the state's land grant institution, UConn maintains hundreds of acres of agricultural lands and forest lands including the Moss Sanctuary, the Fenton River, Spring Hill, and North Eagleville Forest Tract. For a map of hiking and biking trails in UConn's Fenton River Forest Tract send $4.00 to: Office of Communications and Technology, 1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4035, Storrs, CT 06269
State of Connecticut - Mansfield Hollow State Park has a lake, boat launch, and trail system in 1,700 acres. For information about Mansfield Hollow, email Friends of Mansfield Hollow at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 429-3206. http://dep.state.ct.us/stateparks/maps/mansfld.pdf.
Nipmuck Trail (Blue dot Trail) - Maintained by Connecticut Forest and Parks Volunteers, this 37-mile long trail connects Mansfield State Hollow Park to the Nipmuck State Forest in Union, CT. Portions of the Nipmuck Trail are included on privately held land and Town parks and preserves including Saw Mill Brook Preserve, Schoolhouse Brook Park, and Fifty-foot Cliff Preserve. Trail Maps are available at Mansfield Parks and Recreation.
Three citizen advisory groups assist staff with the responsibility of overseeing Mansfield's Parks and Preserves:
The Open Space Preservation Committee works to implement the Town’s Open Space Plan by identifying appropriate parcels for the town to permanently protect. In addition, this committee develops and implements management plans for some of town-owned parks and preserves.
The Parks Advisory Committee evaluates the park needs of the town and ensures their ongoing operation. This committee develops and assists with implementing management plans for scenic nature parks with hiking, fishing and boating access.
The Recreation Advisory Committee is charged with identifying and evaluating recreation needs in the town. This committee develops and assists with implementing management plans for developed parks that provide facilities for organized sports and more intensive recreational activities.
See the Advisory Committees page for more information.