The Haldane Nature Trail starts by the stop sign at the end of the High School Road. You know you are at the beginning if you see a “river of rocks”, also known as a rip rap. The beginning is very narrow, but widens out while slightly declining with a sharp turn to the right at the cistern. It then goes up a steep hill and cuts diagonally across to the Butterfield Patio. There you will see an overhanging vine and a tree tilting to a right angle, making a perfect seat overlooking Julia Butterfield’s patio where she would look out to her husband’s grave at West Point. If you keep walking you will come across a large rock, or glacial erratic (a large boulder). Keep walking and you will see a large sugar maple, an old fire hydrant and an exit.
Cross the road and start the section of the trail called “The Haldane Loop” and where you can branch off to the right over the stone wall and to James Pond and The Outdoor Classroom..
Continue around the loop and you will come back to where you started!
The whole trail in itself is probably considered a 6 from 1-10. It curves and twists a lot, but it is not at all difficult at those parts. There is one precarious incline that is almost close to a scramble. It would be recommended that this trail is for 5 and up (but parents might have to carry younger children up the steep parts). It is not recommended for strollers or bikes on this trail.