Posted on October 18, 2016 and last updated on August 09, 2017

Chaffin Pond Preserve at Donna Lippman Park, Windham


  • Preserve Size: 123 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~ 2 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: ponds, woods, park

Deer Hollow/Mud Brook Preserve trails in blue; Chaffin Pond Preserve trails in green; snowmobile trail in yellow

This is a fun town-owned park to take kids because (at least there was during my October, 2016, visit), there is a little trail with signs along the way exhorting children to mimic the movements of animals, e.g. frogs, kangaroos, and horses. There is also a playground, and the trails around the pond are pretty, easy and easy to follow (although there aren’t many blazes or trail signs), and they include a boardwalk.

The loop around the pond is roughly 1.2 miles. To cross over to Deer Hollow Nature Reserve, the trail is .6 miles.

To get to Mud Pond/Deer Hollow Nature Reserve, which is also maintained by the town, I believe you have to cross private property to do this. While there is a rough path here, I’m not sure how the landowner feels about this.

Directions: Heading North on Route 302 in Windham, travel .6 miles from the intersection of Routes 302 and 35. Look for a dirt road on the right just before the Sherwin Williams paint store.


Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!