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HIKE BETWEEN TWO NATURAL GEMS:

 

THE HARRY C. BARNES MEMORIAL NATURE CENTER IN BRISTOL AND SESSIONS WOODS WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA IN BURLINGTON
 

Sunday, June 4, 2023

Enjoy a guided hike with naturalists between Burlington and Bristol.  The hike is 4.2 miles in and out from Sessions Woods to the Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center and back.  Hikers can arrange carpools to do a 2.1-mile hike (see directions below).  Hikers will explore exhibits at the BNC and visit live animals.  This hike has two moderately steep hills and descents with marshy areas along the brook. 

Hike Schedule:

12:45  Meet at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area by the flagpole.  Address:  341 Milford St. (Route 69), Burlington, CT     GPS Coordinates:  41.732622, -72.955930

12:45-2:15  Hike the Blue Trail with the Black Dot to Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center with guides.  Learn about the local flora, fauna, and history.

2:15-3:00  Explore the HC Barnes Nature Center exhibits and visit live animals.  There are interactive activities for children to do at the Center. 

3:00  End your hike here and carpool back to Sessions Woods.

OR

3:00-4:30  Hike back to Sessions Woods with guides.

Carpool Arrangements: 

For a 2.1-mile hike, bring two cars to the HC Barnes Nature Center at 175 Shrub Rd, Bristol, CT GPS Coordinates:  41.7141° N, 72.9392° W.  Leave one car here and all participants pile into the other car and drive to Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area to start the hike.  Arrange your time so that you arrive at Sessions Woods at 1:00.  After the hike, carpoolers get into their car at the Harry C. Barnes Nature Center and drive to Sessions Woods to retrieve their car. 

Preparations for This Hike:

  • Sturdy hiking shoes you can wear through marshy, muddy areas.

  • Bug repellent and long pants

  • Water and snacks

  • Hiking poles and hat or cap (optional)

 No dogs, please. 

Rain cancels.

Pre-registration is appreciated at this link.

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