Explore Mansfield and Storrs, CT

(Part of Tolland County)

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.



My Highlights |expand|

Hiking |expand|

Town Parks

  • Coney Rock★★– 5 miles – Steep climbs to a couple ridgeline overlooks
  • Dorwart Preserve / Lions Memorial Park★★– 1.25 miles – Old cart paths that connect to Mansfield Hollow trail network
  • Dunhamtown Forest★★– 4 miles – Hike that passes local history amidst varied environments
  • Eagleville Preserve★★– 1 mile – Invasive species guided walk along the Willimantic River
  • Fifty Foot Cliff Preserve★★★– 1.5 miles – Short hike on the Nipmuck trail through rocky terrain to a nice overlook
  • Merrow Meadow★★– 1 mile – Popular town park with a paved walking path and rougher trails along the river
  • Moss Sanctuary★★★– 2 miles – Secluded park next to UCONN with good short loops around a pond and a waterfall
  • Mt. Hope Park★★– 1 mile – Skirt the edges of fields, rivers, and beaver ponds in a short easy loop
  • River Park / Lynch Landing★– 1 mile – Boat launch for the Willimantic River and start point of the Willi River hiking trail
  • Sawmill Brook Preserve★★– 3 miles – Starting point of the Nipmuck West, excellent bird viewing platform with access to Wolf Rock
  • Schoolhouse Brook Park★★★– 8.5 miles — Large park with a variety of trails plus swimming, fishing, and mountain biking
  • Shelter Falls Park★★★– 2 miles – Easy trail to a tiny waterfall and sheltering rock, rough trails elsewhere
  • Simpson-Wood Preserve★★–  2 miles – Mansfield’s newest park is still under construction, but will soon be a great short hike
  • Southworth Preserve★– 1 mile – This tiny preserve now has a short trail that connects to Mansfield Hollow trail network
  • Torrey Preserve★★– 1 mile – A short loop trail just off the Nipmuck trail that follows a field edge and up a slope

Land Trust (All Joshua’s Trust)

  • Babcock Preserve★– .25 miles – I have not been able to locate the short trail here on any of my visits to Schoolhouse Brook
  • Bradley-Buchanan Woods★★– .5 miles – A short hike through a very rare geologic area in Connecticut called a kame terrace with connections to Mansfield Hollow
  • Coney Rock Preserve★★★– 5 miles – Steep climbs to a couple ridgeline overlooks
  • Dunham Woods★★– 1 mile – A short hike with seasonal views of Dunham Pond and connections to the town-owned Dunhamtown Woods
  • Goodwin Reserve★– .6 miles – A  unmaintained short hike that passes an interesting rock outcrop
  • Holt-Kinney Woods★★– .7 miles – A nice short addition to Schoolhouse Brook Park with a mysterious double stone wall
  • Knowlton Hill Preserve★★★– 2.5 miles – A glacial drumlin, majestic trees, and loop hike options
  • Lof Woodlands★★– .5 miles – Simple loop hike
  • 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
  • Nipmuck Trail West Terminus★★– 3 miles – An unassuming start at Sawmill Brook that has a short loop and connections to Wolf Rock
  • Fenton Tract★★★– 6 miles – Within easy distance of UCONN. From the slope of Horsebarn Hill explore down to the Fenton River and Nipmuck Trail
  • Nipmuck Trail Section Rt. 89★★– 3 miles – Iron bridges built in 1901 over the Fenton River with connections to other parks
  • 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

The Rest

  • 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
  • Hiking on the Willimantic River Trail

Boating |expand|

Rock Climbing |expand|

Mountain Biking |expand|

Town History |expand|

Mansfield, settled 1686; set off from Windham and incorporated Oct., 1702; named from Major Moses Mansfield. Originally called Ponde-town. Indian name, “Noubesetuck.”

Now go out and explore Mansfield Storrs CT!

River Park Mansfield


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River Park Mansfield Town Park Location: 10 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Just before the bridge on Plains Rd Mansfield, CT Trail Map        Trails:…

Simpson-Wood Preserve


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Simpson-Wood Preserve Mansfield Town Park 114 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Small lot across from 627 Warrenville Rd, Mansfield Center, CT Trail Map       Trails: 2…

Coney Rock


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Coney Rock Preserve Joshua’s Trust Property and Town of Mansfield Park Location: 134 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Small pull-off near 501 Chaffeeville Rd Storrs, CT Shoulder… Read more…

Lof Woodlands


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Löf Woodlands Joshua’s Trust Property 18 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 90-298 Willington Hill Rd, Storrs, CT Trail Map This simple half-mile loop trail… Read more…

Nipmuck Trail: Rt 89


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Nipmuck Trail – Rt. 89 Crossing CFPA Blue Blaze Nipmuck Trail 1.33 miles in Mansfield, CT Parking: Across Rt. 89 at 174 Warrenville Rd Mansfield, CT Trail Map …

Fenton Tract


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Fenton Tract University of Connecticut Open Space 579 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 2696 Horsebarn Hill Rd Mansfield, CT Small pull-off near 138 Old Turnpike…

Moss Sanctuary


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Albert E. Moss Forest, Wildflower, and Wildlife Sanctuary Mansfield Town Park 135 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Pull off for two cars near 1105 Storrs Rd Storrs, CT. … Read more…

Dunhamtown Forest


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Dunhamtown Forest Mansfield Town Park 226 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Small lot near 109 Dunham Pond Rd Mansfield, CT Aerial Trail Map       Trails: 4 miles …

Dorwart Preserve


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Dorwart Preserve and Lion’s Memorial Park Mansfield Town Parks 125 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Small pull-off near 215 Mulberry Rd Mansfield, CT Trail Map     …

Fifty Foot Cliff Preserve


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Fifty Foot Cliff Preserve Mansfield Town Park 102 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Small lot behind the Mansfield Historical Society at 954 Storrs Rd, Storrs, CT or from… Read more…