The Way to the River
Take an easy walk to the river along an old farm road in Mansfield Depot. Because this is private property, please stay on the trail. Public access is only along the trail and at the riverbank at the end. If you are paddling a canoe or kayak down the river, you can pull up by the bank and take a rest in the shade of riverside trees. The river is too far from the road to serve as a launch site.
Access from Depot Road is currently closed due to construction. The best trail access to Lynch Landing is through River Park on Plains Road. From Route 44 in Mansfield, travel south on Route 32 for three-tenths mile to a right turn onto Plains Road. In two-tenths mile, the park entrance is on the right by the bridge.
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From River Park's parking lot, follow the right (east) edge of the field to a trail into the woods at the north side the field. This white-blazed trail offers an easy walk of two-tenths mile through young hardwoods and hemlocks to the old farm road in Lynch Landing. Turn left and go downhill, across an old meadow and into riverside woods. Here is a pleasant place to fish or just relax by large riverside maples.
The closest canoe/kayak launch is a short distance downstream at River Park. Paddling from there is an easy flatwater trip. The river upstream of Lynch Landing is classed as quick-water, which is appropriate for experienced river paddlers. If you are paddling from upstream, Lynch Landing is three miles below the Merrow Meadow Park launch. After passing under the Route 44 bridge, Lynch Landing is on the left in a half-mile. Watch for an old canal on the left, which is a short distance before Lynch Landing. Check the Canoe and Kayak Map for details about the river's features, hazards (especially at the Route 44 bridge), and launch sites.
Thanks to the Quinn family and Mansfield's Parks and Recreation Department.
Photo: V. Wetherell
This Willimantic River Greenway Parks and Trails Guide was produced by the Willimantic River Alliance and WINCOG. Information in this guide reflects conditions and features as of Spring, 2008. Since conditions change over time, the Alliance is not responsible for changes at this site. This guide was funded with support from the The Last Green Valley (formerly known as the Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor, Inc.).