View of Park from Plains Road Bridge
River Park is a Mansfield Town park-in-progress. The park's three-acre field and canoe/kayak launch are pleasant places to visit on a summer day or to cross-country ski in winter. The driveway to the launch area provides handicapped access to the river. At the north end of the field, the Willimantic River Greenway Midriver Trail enters the woods and connects to Lynch Landing. A future Midriver Greenway Trail connection to the south is planned.
The canoe/kayak launch offers a ramp for easy access to the water. This is an easy flatwater section of the river during normal conditions because Eagleville dam has slowed the river's flow here. The upper end of Eagleville Lake is a half-mile downstream. A half-mile upstream of this launch, the river is classed as quick-water, which is appropriate for experienced river paddlers. Check the Canoe and Kayak Map for details about the river's hazards, features and launch sites.
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.
See Midriver Map
Trail to Lynch Landing
Visitors can stroll down the launch's driveway to enjoy the still water in an embayment that protects the launch ramp from the river's current. Watch for purple blooms of pickerel-weed and loosestrife in late summer. For a longer walk, follow the right (east) edge of the field to a trail into the woods at the north side the field. This trail offers an easy walk through young hardwoods and hemlocks to Lynch Landing's riverside resting spot and to Depot Road.
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.).