Willimantic River Hiking Trail Guide

Willimantic River Hiking Trail Guide

The Willimantic River Hiking Trail follows the river seven miles north from Mansfield to Tolland.  I hiked the length of the trail in spring 2021 and was able to easily navigate the entire length.  Surprisingly the first view of the river is over a half mile into the trail and the first time you can touch the water is over two miles in.

Unfortunately the Willimantic River Alliance seems to be inactive, so development of the trail is on pause.  However, hopefully at some point in the future the trail can be extended in either direction.

Section List

Possible Trail Extensions

Connecting north to Tolland’s Heron Cove Park and then to the Nye Holman State Forest. There are about 4 parcels of private property that would require easements but would lengthen the trail by at least 2.5 miles.

Heading south could be a short road walk to Coventry’s Williams Preserve and the adjacent Joshua’s Trust Couch Preserve then on to the Eagleville Preserve and state property. You could connect this without easements right now and add 3 miles of trail. Pulling off both would double the total length of the trail to about 12 miles.

Nedweid Conservtion Area


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Nedwied Conservation Area Tolland Conservation Area 15 acres in Tolland, CT Parking: Shoulder parking between 106 and 116 Fox Ridge Lane Tolland, CT Trail Map       …

King Riverside



King Riverside Conservation Area Tolland Town Park 30 acres public access, 173 total in Tolland, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 15 Dimock Road Tolland, CT Trail…

Riverview Trail Park


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Riverview Trail Park Coventry Town Park 10 acres in Coventry, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 13 Merrow Rd, Storrs, CT Trail Map         Trails: Less…

River Park & Becker Conservation Area



River Park & Becker Conservation Area Tolland Town Parks 60.85 combined acres in Tolland, CT Parking: Large lot near 461 South River Road, Tolland, CT Trail Map   …

Merrow Meadow


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Merrow Meadow Park Mansfield Town Park 33 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Small lot near 13 Merrow Rd, Storrs, CT Trail Map         Trails: Less than…

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:…