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
Carrier needed No
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

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About The Guide

Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.