The Great Woods Conservation Areas
The Great Woods is the largest collection of protected conservation parcels in Mansfield. The northeastern portion of the woods is located between Route 495, South Main Street, and can be accessed from Judy's Lane. This area contains some very pleasant hiking paths. There is parking for one or two cars at bend of Fisher Lane.
Access to the larger, southwestern portion of the Great Woods is from Oak Street. This section has trail markers on the major trials. There is a signboard, with a map, near the beginning of the main (RED) trail. Many of the trails are linear [you go and come back on the same path] but all travel through some scenic, and historic, areas. Right off of Oak Street are some farm fields that helps create a varied mix of plant and animal life. There is a nice loop (ORANGE) trail that starts at the parking area and runs along one of the old farm pathways, over a stone wall [near the first trail junction point] and through some of the backfield before re-joining the old farm paths.
The parking area, and entrance, is located at the big bend in the road on Oak Street
The Great Woods has long been recognized as a very significant natural resource area. The varieties of habitats are an excellent classroom for everyone to enjoy.
More information and maps of The Great Woods may be obtained from The Natural Resources Trust of Mansfield we site.
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