King Riverside Conservation Area
30 acres public access, 173 total in Tolland, CT
Parking: Medium sized lot near 15 Dimock Road Tolland, CT
Trail Map Trails: 1.2 miles Rating: ★★☆☆☆
The King Riverside Conservation Area contains a 1.2 mile yellow blazed trail that runs along the Willimantic River. This trail is part of the Willimantic River Trail running from Mansfield to Tolland. The trail comes from Riverview Trail Park in Coventry after a road walk and the hike connects north through the Nedwied Conservation Area.
The trail starts off on an old cart path but quickly heads off into the woods. After a brief marshy area, the trail hits the Willimantic River following it for the rest of the property. There are two areas with benches (sponsored by local businesses) right on the river. At the second benches’ location is the location of Peck’s Mill and just up the hill is the foundation of the District IV schoolhouse. Neither is much to look at but are a nice pause on the trail. The trail then rejoins the cart path until crossing the bridge into Nedweid.
From the town’s website,
“The property contains wetlands, farmland, and forest. Diverse river habitat, small brooks, floodplain forest, forested swamp, upland oak forest, mixed conifer and oak forest, ledge outcrops, open field, scrub upland, marsh and wet meadow can be found on the property, providing habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. The Willimantic River offers great fishing opportunities. A large, old red oak exists on the southern boundary wall at the start of the trail. Midway on the trail is a marker for a historic mill site. The northern part of the trail has a beautiful grove of mountain laurel. At the northerly border, a bridge continues the trail over Newcomb Brook.”
Established as a conservation area in 2007 when the land was purchased from the King family.
Peter Marteka – Making Autumn Connections Along The Willimantic River (2016)
King Riverside Management Plan (Revised 2013)
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Last updated July 15, 2018
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