CFPA Ramble: Center Springs Park History Walk
This hike will follow a 1-mile loop trail in a 55-acre urban park in the center of Manchester. Come discover dramatic geographical features, including gorge and brook, as we walk at an easy pace. This historic park was a gift to the Town of Manchester by the Cheney and Hilliard families—who owned silk and woolen mills nearby. There was once a clock factory, which used a water wheel powered by Bigelow Brook. The trail is hilly and sometimes wet in spots. An extra 0.5-mile option to see the Cheney Railroad will also be offered.
This free guided outing is co-sponsored by the CFPA Rambles program of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) and Manchester Land Conservation Trust.
As program of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, CFPA Rambles are intended to bring people, fun, and the outdoors together. Led by trained CFPA Ramble Guides, these FREE, engaging outings are offered on trails around the state every month throughout the year. Each CFPA Ramble is designed to show the people of Connecticut how easy and enjoyable a ramble can be and to feature the many different outdoor opportunities our state has to offer.
To prepare for a safe and enjoyable CFPA Ramble:
- Be ready to begin the Ramble at the scheduled start time;
- Bring water, snack, and your excitement;
- Leave pets at home (unless otherwise noted);
- Wear sturdy shoes; and
- Kids, please remember to bring your parents or caregivers.