You can spend an hour, a day or a whole weekend exploring the Mansfield Hollow Lake and the surrounding Mansfield Hollow State Park. At the heart of the area is the Mansfield Hollow Dam. Constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers it was installed to control the flooding of the low lying surrounding areas. Think of it as a miniature of the Hoover Dam. There are tons of outdoor opportunities. I am uploading a track of a paddle around the circumference of the lake. This track is 10.7 miles but you can obviously do less, and if you explore every cove, river and island you could do as many as 15 miles. The area is filled with hiking trails, fields for frisbee tossing and I have frequently seen people racing remote controlled sail boats and power boats. There are 3 main areas I would encourage you to visit. Fron South to North they are; 1) The walking trail that starts on RT. 6 just East of Windham Airport. You can walk all the way to the Southern end of the dam (almost a 3 mile round trip). This will give you a lay of the land feel for the Southern half of the property with elevated views of the lake and the airport and surrounding area the dam protects. 2) The dam itself. Mansfield Hollow Road ends at the dam. Climb the staircase to get an excellent view of both sides of the dam as well as the area where people fly kites, race boats and picnic during any sign of good weather. and 3) The well used boat launch which grants you access to both the Northern half (along with the Fenton and Mount Hope Rivers) and the Southern half (along with the Windham River). I promise you it will become a place you will want to retun to.
My description already located the walking trail off of RT. 6. You will see a parking area just East of the Airport and if it is nice out you will see plenty of walkers on the "ridge". The dam itself is harder to locate. Traveling on RT. 195 look for a turn to the East on Mansfield Hollow Road and follow it until the end. Somewhere along that tiny little road you will feel lost. Just keep going, you will find it. The launch is on Bassett Bridge Road which is also an Eastern turn off RT. 195. The parking area is large and very visible on the left, about 1.5 miles from 195.
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