Farm life isn’t exactly unique in Connecticut. But, when it offers visitors the chance to see the inner workings first hand, it takes on a whole new meaning.
Walking onto the property of Westmoor Park in West Hartford captures that feeling. Friendly farm animals and a plethora of educational programs work as a great draw for both children and adults here – easy to see on this cool, fall day with the number of children I saw visiting the farm.
But, that interaction doesn’t end at the barn’s doors.
Beyond the grazing goats and llamas roaming the land, sits 162 acres ready to explore. It includes three miles of woodland trails that touch all aspects of the park.
A trek uphill takes you to a log cabin and a pivotal spot to take in the fields and meadows of swaying grass. Meanwhile, tucked away in the woodland habitats are small ponds and a maple swamp blanketed by the falling leaves of autumn.
Other spots include a butterfly garden, wildflower meadows, and perennial gardens – each providing visitors with a sense of wonder during warmer months.
I’ve walked these trails before in the heat of summer and have been lucky enough to spot the resident wildlife such as sunning turtles and great blue herons. But, on this particular visit, the only animals to see were the domestic kind.
And that’s okay because there’s still a quiet appreciation for the natural world here - one shared by adults and children alike.
Directions: Take I-84 W to exit 48 toward Asylum Ave. Merge onto Garden St. Turn right on Asylum Ave. Turn right onto N Main St. Turn left onto Pioneer Dr. Turn right onto Blue Ridge Lane. Turn left onto Flagg Rd. Park is on your left.
Trail Distance: 1.5 miles
Trail Difficulty: Easy