Nipmuck Trail – East Branch Terminus
2.28 miles in Mansfield, CT
Parking: Large dirt lot at 28 North Windham Road, Mansfield, CT
This 2.28 mile section of the Nipmuck Trail
starts off alongside a weathered lean-to (lean-to removed in 2019) crossing a large field before winding between active agricultural fields.
The trail ascends to a steep ridgeline that serves as flood control for Mansfield Hollow Lake. It briefly follows an old road before cutting back towards the lake for a great overlook surrounded by pines. The trail continues up and down over a number of steep hills before crossing a utility corridor.
With the expansion of the powerlines in 2016 the trail was slightly rerouted in two places between the utility corridor and the small parking lot along Bassett’s Bridge Rd. To continue on the trail north take a left along the road to reach the continuation through the boat launch.
Next sections of the Nipmuck Trail:
A loop trail from the old paved road leads along the southern peninsulas of Mansfield Hollow Lake. This narrow trail is overgrown in a couple spots, but provides rarely seen views away from the more popular destinations in the park. The trail also passes an old campsite with a fireplace and a beautiful spot along the Natchaug River as it enters Mansfield Hollow Lake. These trails amount to about 2 miles.