Barnes Nature Center (CT)

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Barnes Nature Center


Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center is located in Bristol, CT. The Nature Center offers exhibits, live birds and educational learning. The nature center has a few hiking loops in back of its property which are free of charge and can be hiked on dusk to dawn.

General information

hiking is free, exhibits cost a fee
Parking Spaces 50 spaces
Activities Walking, Hiking, no wheeled activity
Pets No pets
Trail Maintainer Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center
Trail map HikeCT large trail map

Tunxis Blue Blaze, Black dot

Trail information

Blaze Color Blue blaze, Black dot
Length 1.0 miles to Route 69

The Barnes Nature Center has a trail head for the Blue Blaze black dot trail which is part of the Tunxis trail system that is maintained by the CFPA. The section of the trail beyond the white-black trail to route 69 is in poor condition as of 07/2010. This section of the trail follows a stream and as such has very heavy vegetation and can be muddy in areas. It is not recommended that this section of the trail be used until some future work can be performed.

Carlos' Way

Trail information

Blaze Color White-Black dot
Length 0.33 miles
Altitude Gain East to West: 36 ft

West to East 82 ft
Approximate Hike Time .13 hours

This trail branches off the Blue-Black dot Tunxis trail. At the point of the junction with the Tunxis trail there is a wooden bridge which has "To Pigeon Hill" written on it. This trail intersects with the Yellow-Black dot trails. There is a sign on a tree not to far along the trail from the east designating this trail as Carlos' Way.

Yellow-Black dot Trails

Trail information

Blaze Color Yellow-Black dot
Length .45 miles Total

There are a couple of loops which are all Blazed Yellow with Black dots. Some of these trails also have a few White blazes with black dots which can make the trails a little confusing.