nature trail

Nature Trail

Trail Description

Our nature trail is a place where farmland, wetland, pasture, and woodland meet. Approximately 1.5 miles long, the trail is an accessible way to explore the natural world. During a short walk you will:

  • Experience the transition from farm field to wetland to young forest to sumac grove;
  • See how a forested wetland swamp is being transformed back into a wet meadow/fen for the sake of a threatened species of turtle;
  • Enjoy spring ephemeral wildflowers, which put their blooms out before the forest canopy closes, and revel in a vast “meadow” of wild leeks (ramps) tucked away in the forest;
  • Capture views our historic farmstead and the surrounding land;
  • Observe wildlife, signs of previous human habitation, and a old growth white oak which is a relic of our lands agricultural history.

Please take the following precautions when using the nature trail:

  • Keep an eye out for poison ivy and check for ticks afterward;
  • Be aware that the trail is closed annually from November 1 through December 25 for hunting season;
  • Securely lock any gates you walk through. This keeps livestock in their proper pastures and keeps the deer out of our vegetable fields.

Finding the Trail

Upon arriving at Phillies Bridge (for directions to the farm click here), follow signs to the Harvest Room and park in the grassy area by the field. Look for the Nature Trail Kiosk on the edge of the driveway between the two barns. The kiosk has a large map, directional signs, and take-along trail maps. The nature trail begins between the two barns and follows along the fence line in both directions, marked with white arrows and yellow and red blazes.  Depending on the location of our pastured chicken flock, you can access the trail by walking between the two barns or by walking between the barn to the left and the open air pavilion.

Photo Credit: Dana Devine O’Malley

For a List of Bird Sightings, Click Here!