Trail name: Risley Pond Loop Trail
Managed by: Manchester Land and Conservation Trust; CT FPA; Town of Manchester
Length: 2.6 miles
This 2.6 mile loop trail's rocky terrain and elevation changes make it a moderately difficult hike. Several spots, such as brook crossings and flat stretches, can be unusually wet and/or muddy following heavy rains. White-tailed deer frequent the trail, and wild turkeys have been spotted behind the pond. Mountain laurel along the ridge offers a showy display of flowers toward the end of June and, in the fall, the bright red leaves of the swamp maples are spectacular. Risley Park is owned by the Manchester Land and Conservation Trust, Inc. It was donated in 1983 by Gladys R. Hall and Dorothy R. Miller in memory of their father, John S. Risley. The pond is a secondary source of water for the Manchester Water Company. Trail construction and mantenance provide entirely by volunteers for the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, a non-profit organization which manages 700 miles of Connecticut trails.
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Rules and Regulations
- Use common sense. - Absolutely no motorized vehicles allowed with the exception of battery-powered wheelchairs.- Obey all local trail rules posted at trailheads as well as any state and local laws that apply.- Do not litter, bring a bag, carry out what you carry in.- Use of these trails is at your own risk.- Travel on the right side of trail, except when passing. - When passing on a bike, give a clear and audible signal. - Cyclists and in-line skaters shall yield to all hikers and pedestrians. - When entering or crossing a trail, yield to all users. - Be respectful of wildlife. - Do not trespass onto private property. - Trail users shall use provided crosswalks at intersecting roadways. - Keep pets on leash. Clean up after pets. - Walk against the direction of traffic when walking within the roadway. - Bicyclists should ride with traffic. - Follow all laws pertaining to bicycles and their use. - Bicyclists shall ride in single file within roadway or trail. - Bicyclists and in-line skaters shall wear standard protective gear.