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UConn Trail & Park Projects

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The University of Connecticut's forests are important resources for educational as well as recreational uses. In March 2010, a land conservation deal between the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, Norcross Wildlife Foundation, and UConn conserved an additional 531 acres of forest land and three miles of blue-blazed hiking trails in the towns of Willington and Mansfield.

Click on the image to the left to view a full-size map of the areas involved in the March 2010 land exchange (PDF).

In order to preserve the University's natural areas and encourage responsible public enjoyment of the forest, members of the UConn Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) and the EcoHusky Student Group cooperate in efforts to improve trail signage and increase use of the parcels.

Click on the image above to view a map of the UConn forest parcels (PDF)

Click on the imagine above to view a map of hiking and biking trails in the UConn Forest (PDF)

Our Progress To-Date:

Above: volunteers help clear brush from a trail in the Hillside Environmental Education Park (HEEP) in preparation for the opening ceremony.


The Hillside Environmental Education Park (HEEP)

With support from the UConn Office of Environmental Policy, the Hillside Environmental Education Park (HEEP) opened during the fall of 2009. Members of the EcoHusky Student Group assist the University as needed with the maintanence of the park's trail system and signage. To learn more about the HEEP, which was developed from a unique land reuse project visit the landfill remediation project and Hillside Environmental Education Park webpage.

Click to download a PDF of the HEEP trail map.


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Page last updated: 7/14/2010.