- Description: This trail, exhibiting the full range of natural succession, passes through hedgerows and young woodlands, a spruce and pine plantation, skirts Hilton Pond, passes through an open field, crosses a stone fence, and then takes the hiker into a mature hardwood forest community.
- Distance: 1.5 km [.93 miles]
- Trail Blaze: There may still be remnants of the old red triangle blazes.
- Location: The trail begins just east of the garage on the north side of the parking area, proceeds north and east, then west for a short distance, returning south to its finish at the herb garden.
- Full range of succession from mown field to stabilized old-growth hardwood forest
- Characteristics of an evergreen plantation
- Norway Spruce established with the field station in the 1960's
- Contrast in meadow between mown section and natural area
- Bench at overlook area atop drumlin with sweeping views of meadows below
- Contrast between second-growth forest and old-growth forest 100 years old
- Remnants of farm use prior to 1955:
- Stone fence
- Farm pond
- Plant and animal life at Hilton Pond, a former farm pond
Raised walkway over a seasonal brook through the mature woodland