The trails go around the lake, and are fun, smooth singletrack with some root filled climbs. They are very well marked because the trail is used for Cross country skiing in the winter. A great ride for begginners and intermediate riders, with some challenges for more advance riders as well.
Route 84 to exit 68. Follow route 195 to UCONN. Stay on 195 until you have come to a left turn onto Route 89. Turn left and approx. 1 mile ahead there is a baseball filed on the right to park. Trail starts either at the far side of the baseball field, or across the street.
Summary: this is a great set of trails if you use the entire trail system you will be greatly surprised by what you find. this set of trails links up with the nipmuck trail which could turn this 12-15 mile ride to 30 plus miles , great for beginners and intermediate riders, if you only want to go down hill this is the wrong place for you.
Recommended Route: start at the main parking area ( near picnic tables ) go to the right past the bathrooms follow straight and it will bring you to the boat launch head to the road and go left follow up the hill till the guard rail on the left ends and take immediate left onto some good single track , follow until you reach the next paved section take left go over the bridge take immedaite left onto next single track follow this till you reach an abandoned road go left onto the road follow almost to the end and you will see a difficult climb on the right climb to the top until you reach the road take a right onto the road take a left onto the town dump road about 100 ft on the left head back into the single track, follow this and you will see a trail to the right just before the river crossing , take this trail and follow to the right up the hill , at the top of the hill loop back to the left down the hill and across the river after crossing the river take immediate left , follow the trail through a meadow like area as you start to climb take the trail on the left follow this through and you will reach the river again cross this and follow to the road.
Other recommended trails in the same area: cross the road past the little league field and re enter where the big rocks are , take to the left onto some doubletrack and you will renter some singletrack again on the left follow this and it will bring you back to the picnic area.
Review Date May 13, 2002
Overall Rating 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: C GAGNON
, from WINDHAM
Summary: As many have stated this is an excellent group of trails for the beginner to intermidiate xc rider. Loops range from 4 to 13 miles in length with a broad range of obstacles along the way. You will find... rooted climbs/descents, water obstacles, rocky/loose gravel climbs/descents, mud, and drop offs. These trails are widely used and often have hikers and runners on them, so speed needs to be watched. I live within 10 miles of this section and ride all or parts of these trails approx. 4 times a week and never get tired of them. Mansfield is not the most technical or difficult ride, but is a great work out and is a very clean, well marked, and scenic place to ride.
Recommended Route: There are several routes available and any one of them lead back to your starting postion. Start either... Main parking lot, boat launch, baseball feild off rt. 89, or secondary parking lot off rt. 6
Other recommended trails in the same area: GOODWIN STATE FOREST... some very technical sections (rocks) Wolf rock (mansfield) a quick ride, with a twist.
Review Date March 18, 2001
Overall Rating 2 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a month
Reviewed by: Bryan W
, from Southbridge,MA
Summary: If youve parked at the boat ramp,look across the causeway and immediately to the right is a sweet single track about 2 miles in length that leads to a secondary parking area on N.Windham RD (that is where I usually start)Anyways,take that single track,when you get to the power lines,take a left,after only a 100 yards you'll take a right,continue following the blazes,when you get to the first dirt road,take a right and go to the bottom of the hill,as the dirt road starts to sweep right,look left up the hill and you'll see your single track again,eventually you'll come to some farm fields,follow the cartpath in a southerly direction till you come to a parking area,that is the secondary parking area.This actually makes a better place to start your ride since you can use this trail as an out and back to the regular loop. Also,there are some other trails off the Dike wall that lead to a Bird sanctuary to the west of the park,it's not long,but it adds mileage to your ride,to access this area:between Bassette Bridge Rd. & RTE 89 are 3 Dike walls,the middle Dike wall has a blazed single track leading off to the west-take it and about 150 yards up it splits,take a right,follow that for about a half a mile and the take another right where it T-bones,about another 100 yards up you'll see a sign for a bird sanctuary,take that left,cross the bridge.you can either go straight or right at this point,it's a quick little loop section with other small trails off of it,check em out. On a personal note,we have been able to squeeze out a 14 mile ride using ALL the trails and never once re-use the same one.Don't be afraid to explore down there,it's not that big of an area.As far as any technical riding,with the exception of a couple of short rooty downhills,there isn't any.This is a GREAT place for some fast riding on the off times,like early sunday mornings. This is also a good place for a beginner or novice to get their feet wet with MTBing. RATING: TECHINICAL:1 star SPEED:4 stars
Recommended Route: Parking at the Boat ramp on Bassette Bridge Rd is the most convenient.Lots of parking with porta-pottys Bassette Bridge road is located off RTE 195 in Mansfield CTR.
Review Date June 21, 2000
Overall Rating 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Please Select
Reviewed by: UConnDirtRat
, from Storrs, Ct
Summary: The trails extend to the north side of RT 89. These trails are less well marked and less travelled, following the Mt Hope River. Combined with the lake loop this section adds mileage and a little more challenge.
Recommended Route: The loop around the lake is nice - but as people noted - not extremely challenging. There are a couple of big hills - and at the height of the summer the trail narrows due to foliage - beginners should be careful on downhills.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Goodwin State Forest in Hampton and Chaplin are approximately 5 miles from Mansfield Hollow.
Review Date December 15, 1999
Overall Rating 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a month
Reviewed by: DHNutRick
, from Putnam CT
Summary: Smooth and fast with some easy climbs. Very pretty alond the river, but quite easy.
Recommended Route: Can also start at the boat ramp roughly 1/2 way around loop.