If you’re looking for the best hiking trails in Mansfield or in the Storrs area near UCONN this is the complete guide to all the overlooks, waterfalls, and riverways it has to offer.
There are 29 hiking locations within the town for over 63 miles of trails. There are boating/fishing options at Mansfield Hollow and along the Mt. Hope and Willimantic Rivers as well as mountain biking and rock climbing dotted around town.
Mason’s Mill Site –★★– No trails – The site of a grist and saw mill that operated from at least 1778 to 1935
Owen’s Mere –★★– .2 miles – A simple tiny loop around a man-made pond that beautiful in the fall
Pond Lot –★– .25 miles – A shorty entryway to Echo Woods and Mansfield Hollow
Whetten Woods –★★★– 2.5 miles – A quiet hiking trail right next to Storrs UCONN
Wolf Rock Nature Preserve –★★★★– A great overlook with a large glacial erratic with options for loop hikes or the Nipmuck trail in either direction
State Parks / Forest
Mansfield Hollow State Park –★★★★★– 15 miles – A varied park that is popular for boating, picnics, and easy walks. There are long loop trails, nice views, and many sections to explore
Blue Blaze – Nipmuck Trail in Mansfield
Nipmuck Trail East Terminus –★★★– 4 miles – This eastern section of Mansfield Hollow is much quieter yet has 2.28 miles of Nipmuck and plenty of trails with interesting features to discover including rare views along the lake
Fifty Foot Cliff Preserve –★★★– 1.5 miles – A steep climb from either direction of the Nipmuck trail to a great overlook or an easy walk from the Manchester Historical Society
Codfish Falls –★★– No trails – A small waterfall with an 8ft drop that bends through a small ravine (this area is private property)
UCONN HEEP –★– 2.25 miles – A short gravel road with interpretive signs and overgrown forest trails of just over a mile with a great marsh viewing platform in this education park across from Shelter Falls