Nature Trails is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bantam, Connecticut that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 118 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

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hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

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beach

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lake

river

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wild flowers

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White Memorial Foundation: Nature Trails. There are 35 miles of trails on 4000 acres of fields, waters and woodlands. There are also 3 campgrounds, a museum and special areas for large outdoor gatherings. White Memorial Foundation and Conservation Center is a privately owned wildlife sanctuary opened to the public. Created in 1913 by Alain White and his sister May White. There are 4000 acres of land and 35 miles of trails open for hiking, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, and viewing nature. There are also 3 campgrounds, a museum, boating facilities, meeting houses and special areas for large outdoor educational and recreational gatherings.

bugs
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hiking
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muddy
21 days ago

Nice walk. Loop around little pond is closed.

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hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

This hike was a second exploration of the area east of 63. The trails consist of a mix of wide trail (available to bikes and horses) and footpaths. All are clear and well blazed, but there are so many trails and enough terrain to get lost. These are great trails, accessible to all with enough challenges to keep it interesting

hiking
muddy
over grown
9 months ago

My friend and I did this with our 7 month olds' and my small dog, parts of it were overgrown and not well marked, and parts of the boardwalk around little pond are broken. Overall it's a nice hike and we enjoyed it, but it could use a little matienance.

paddle sports
Mon May 27 2019

5.5 mi kayak on Bantam River

Mon Nov 19 2018

Nice hike ... not difficult at all .. perfect if you’re looking for a short hike

walking
Sun Jul 01 2018

A nice place for a walk. However there really is no hiking involved. Maximum inclination is 100 feet for this approximately 6 mile walk. I’m really not sure why this is put as a moderate hike on this site. If you are beginner to hiking you can easily do this as only walking involved. I do however find many to not follow the leash rules so keep that in mind as well.

hiking
Sun Jun 03 2018

Great day for a hike on a great trail. Very easy for kids to walk

mountain biking
Fri Nov 10 2017

WMF is a very fun place with lots of variety, and I do a lot of trail running there. As far as mtn biking it is boring, but for a beginner it’s excellent. If you are looking for something remotely challenging WMF is not the place! Most of the trails are carriage roads that you can drive a car on. There are some good inclines to work on your climbing skills, but that’s about it. There are no technical downhills or much of anything challenging. Plus, many of the trails, unless you know the less populated ones, can be very crowded on weekends. To that, many of the dog owners are very disrespectful and don’t abide by the leash laws (for the record, I am a dog owner!). When one points out that they are breaking the rules most get their hackles up and underwear in a bunch. If you want a challenge head over to the Mattituck Trail by the Thomaston Dam. It’s quiet, unpopulated, a very challenging!

hiking
Sun Jul 09 2017

We arrived at 12:30 pm on a Sunday and there were only a few hikers there. Decided to hike Little Pond. The trail was well marked (black inside of white square). You will walk the majority of the trail on a boardwalk. I still recommend good footwear even though I saw folks in flip flops. Our reward, during the hike, was spotting a lone heron on the pond. It was awesome. Recommendations: The only restroom facilities were outhouses which are well stocked with toilet paper. Please bring your own hand sanitizer or towelette to cleanse your hands. Maps can be purchased fir $3.00 at the museum's store (which has a bathroom that is accessible, if you pay for admission. I didn't think that was worth the $6.00 fee but I understand that the museum does not want to be over run with people just going in just to use the facilities. All in all would like to return to explore the other trails.

hiking
Fri Jun 16 2017

Enjoyed except I was following the blue blazes & had to walk quite a distance to get back to my car in the rain.

Sun Apr 10 2016

Beautiful all around

running
Fri Oct 17 2014

Beautiful trail during the fall season. The walk around the five lakes is stunning but the trail markers can be misleading or nonexistent. Lots of wildlife, beaver dams and birch tree forest. Great place to take a picnic and kick back- not at all strenuous.

mountain biking
Tue Aug 20 2013

I ride here daily, if you follow the rights paths there are awesome climbs with fast fun downhill rewards. Make sure you cross rt. 63 to the far side of the park. This is the most diverse and fun area for me on my 29er.

skiing
Wed Jun 20 2012

funnnn

hiking
Fri Aug 12 2011

very nice walk,very enjoyable,nature galore ,lot's to look at..

hiking
Sat Sep 18 2010

Excellent trail! Beautifully kept, hours of hiking and other activities. The Little Pond Trail is a lot of fun. Most of it is on a board walk over the wetlands and around the pond, even a wooden bridge over the stream to the south. I really want to head back there when the leaves have changed in the fall, and again when the snows come.

hiking
Sun Aug 15 2010

I was very impressed with the area. The trails were well maintained and there was a wide varity of terrian, from fields to marshlands and woods. There isn't a lot of elevation change, no steep hills or hard climbs but with 35 miles of trail to explore there is plenty of varity.

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