The Nipmuck Trail runs 41.5 miles from Mansfield to the Massachusetts border following peaceful rivers, passing overlooks and small waterfalls. The southern sections are dominated by water features and well traveled with largely easy to moderate difficulty.
The northern sections are more challenging, rugged and remote forest with lots more elevation change.
I hiked the entire trail for Connecticut Trails Weekend in June 2020.
There are currently two races that use the Nipmuck as a course.
Nipmuck Marathon has been running for 35+ years in the rugged northern sections and is a classic New England race (see more info here)
Nipmuck South Trail Race started in 2014 and is part of the Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series. It takes place annually in June (see more info here)
Schoolhouse Brook — 2 miles — This section cuts through a large network of trails on rocky terrain, crosses Clover Mill Rd, passes small cascades along Schoolhouse Brook, turns at Bicentennial Pond, and exits along someone’s side yard to Spring Hill Rd
0.2 mile road walk along Spring Hill Rd to cross Rt. 195 and enter Fifty Foot