Elmer's Way Red Trail at Harry C Barnes Nature Center

Bristol, CT
Length: 0.50 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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This short half mile hike packs in a lot of fun stuff for the little ones.

You start off and I fun map of the trails. The map is drawn by a local Boy Scouts. You will follow the red blue Trail until it splits. From there you will fall the Red Trail and signs for Elmer’s way.

This Trail has a creek running through it. This means there are many wooden bridges for the kids to cross. There are also a couple Sandy areas along the way for the kids to get in the water and play.

There are tree identification markers for everyone to learn different trees along the trail.

This Trail is mostly flat but as a lot of roots and rocks to make it a little difficult for the new walkers.

At the end of the trail you can walk behind the Nature Center and get a view of their owls and hawk. If you wish to go to the Nature Center it is open Thursday  through Sunday for a fee.



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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Natural Play Area, and Shaded Hike

Wooden bridges
Sandy areas to splash
Tree identification

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Large parking lot for the nature center can be used to access the trails located behind the building

Trail Contributor

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Hi! I’m Annette and I’m a stay at home mom of 2 girls, 4 and 1. I first joined HIB back in 2015 when my oldest was around 6 months. We aren’t originally from here so HIB was such a great way to connect with other parents, kids, and getting to know my knew home. It seriously has been one of the best experiences for us as a family. When my oldest is in preschool the little one and I do the carrier. When the oldest is home we do a lot of toddler hikes. We love when my husband gets to join on the weekends.


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