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Auerfarm provides unique wildlife and rare opportunities to explore nature in a densely populated region, as well as hands-on education for families and 4-H programs. Come experience the beauty of the farm trails, orchards, and animal pastures!
Trail Activity
Hiking Walking
2.3 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Packed Earth/Dirt, Grass
Permitted on leash


The 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm is an 120 acre non-profit farm in Bloomfield the provides a wide variety of agricultural education to the region. 


Aside from the educational activities happening at Auerfarm, there are several trails with scenic views of the Metacomet Ridge and Talcott Mountain. 

Orchard Loop (Red, 0.36 mi): a walk through former and new orchards with a stunning views of the Connecticut River Valley and the east side of Talcott Mountain. 

Mushroom Trail (Yellow, 0.20 mi): explore the quiet northern side of the farm, starting either from the orange trail. Pass by wetlands and hayfields, and the mushroom farm overlook. 

Farm Trail (Orange, 0.90 mi): this trail connects the Orchard loop to the heart of the farm, through meadows, grasslands, and a brook. 

Bog Trail (Purple, 0.20 mi): a family-friendly trail through the wetlands on the "board-walk." 

Garden Loop (Green, 0.36 mi): this trail enters the herb and lavender gardens, and passes by the Foodshare Garden, elderberry patch, and livestock pasture. Stop by the animal barn and say hello on the way to the Children's Garden before looping back.

Blueberry Loop (Blue, 0.22 mi): head past the old red storage barn to one of the farm's larger growing spaces. Turn west towards the blueberries (open for picking in July) and loop back by the Auer Community Garden and raspberry patch. The 

Connector (0.15 mi): A connector trail leaves the northwest corner of the Blueberry Loop and connects to Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) property and trails, including the blue-blazed Metacomet Trail.


Other Information

Please do not feed any animals you may encounter at Auerfarm. 

Please do not touch the fences.

Open from 7am to 7pm in the summer (April-October) and 8am to 4pm in the winter (November-March).  

Pet Owners

Dog and animal waste MUST be bagged during walks. A dog’s poop could heavily infect a large portion of the hay field. Lastly, when walking your pet on property please refrain from walking off the paths and into the hay fields. These areas are not for pictures and are not a place for running around an open field. They are of high value and create a lot of revenue and feed for the farm animals.

Trail Manager

4-H Education Center at Auerfarm
4-H Education Center at Auerfarm
158 Auer Farm Road
Bloomfield, CT 06002
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Trailhead Information

Coming from I-91, take exit 35B (Bloomfield/Route 218W) and turn left onto Route 218.  Follow Route 218 through Bloomfield, approximately 5 miles to Route 185 (Simsbury Road).  Turn right onto Route 185 and travel for one mile to Auer Farm Road on the left.  Follow Auer Farm Road for 0.2 miles, and the park is on the left.  Parking is near the white barn.


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