I’ve always known the Wadsworth Mansion as a gorgeous venue for weddings and events. However, when I started working at the mansion I soon found out that it had so much more to offer. I was delighted to learn that the mansion had walking and hiking trails that lead through gorgeous deciduous forest replete with red-tailed hawks, blue jays, cardinals, sparrows, and more.
As we practice social distancing, I thought now would be the perfect time to highlight some of my favorite places on our trails and encourage our local community to take advantage of this amazing resource to get out into nature with their children and family.
The Wooden Bridge and Vernal Pool
Off to the side of the mansion and down one trail, you can find a wooden bridge that goes over the Vernal Pool. This pool of water is only filled during the wet season in early spring. During a warmer day, you can hear all of the “peepers,” which is our nickname for all of the frogs singing to one another in the pool. If you peer into the water, you can usually see a frog or three hiding at the bottom, or taking a moment to catch some air before diving back down again.
The Old Carriage Drive
I adore the old carriage drive, which was once the original drive up to the house. When you
walk from the mansion parking lot down our current driveway, you can find it on the righthand side. It’s hard to miss with the old, mossy stone walls and giant oaks that line the large path. If you look along the wall as you walk, you may see a stone jutting from it. In the past, this functioned as a small step for farmers and groundskeepers to easily get over the wall from one side of the grounds to the other, without needing to go around the wall. I personally love to take my dog walking here, and he seems to love it too!
The Fallen Arch
The paths all have signs that detail a bit more about the history of the mansion and the grounds. However, my favorite location is the fallen arch that once stood along one of the paths. This arch once stood over a road, but fell by the wayside as the road turned into a hiking trail. Whenever I see it, I realize how much history can be found in this place, which makes me love it even more. I also really enjoy reading all of the placards that lead up to this point, since it allows me to remember a bit more about the history of the mansion.
If you have a chance to explore the trails at the Wadsworth Mansion, I highly recommend them. They’re
full of pretty views, and there is a ton of wildlife. Whenever I drive in early to work, I’m sure to see our local herd of deer, or some kind of bird of prey. It’s an easy hike for kids and adults of all ages. In fact, my co-worker, Jess, loves to bring her kids here! It’s also a great way to spend the afternoon outdoors, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
You can find more information about the trails and nature located at the Wadsworth Mansion here!