Interpretive Nature Trails in the Adirondacks:
Barnum Brook Trail

Gazebo at the entrance to the Barnum Brook Trail  (19 September 2012) Trees of the Adirondacks:  Red Maple leaf on the Barnum Brook Trail (12 September 2012) Adirondack Wetlands: Heron Marsh and Saint Regis Mountain (23 April 2013) Adirondack Wetlands: Heron Marsh and Saint Regis Mountain (18 July 2013) Adirondack Wetlands: Heron Marsh and Saint Regis Mountain (27 September 2012) Adirondack Wildflowers:  Blue Flag Iris on Heron Marsh (18 July 2013) Birds of the Adirondacks: Female Common Merganser on Barnum Brook (31 May 2013) Adirondack Wetlands:  Heron Marsh from the Barnum Brook Trail overlook (21 July 2012) Birds of the Adirondacks:  Great Blue Heron near the Barnum Brook overlook (7 May 2013) Adirondack Wildflowers: Twinflower along the Barnum Brook Trail (29 June 2013) Trees of the Adirondacks: Paper Birch along the Barnum Brook Trail (16 September 2004) Along the Barnum Brook Trail at the Paul Smiths VIC (12 September 2012) Birds of the Adirondacks: Female Mallard in Barnum Brook (12 May 2013) Along the north side of the Barnum Brook Trail (28 July 2012) Adirondack Wetlands: Heron Marsh from the Barnum Brook Trail
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The Barnum Brook Trail is an interpretive nature trail designed to provide access to an Adirondack wetland and several different kinds of forest communities. The two overlooks provide exellent access to Heron Marsh, affording the opportunity to observe birds and marsh-dwelling mammals, such as North American River Otter. This well-marked, one-mile loop also features a series of identification markers on common Adirondack trees. Eleven species of trees native to the Adirondack Mountains are highlighted.

The surfaced trail -- designed to be accessible to those who have difficulty walking -- begins at the gazebo near the parking lot of the Visitor Center. Those taking a clockwise route should bear to the left at the intersection. The trail meanders through second-growth forest to two overlooks with good views of Heron Marsh and St. Regis Mountain. The path then follows Barnum Brook through a riparian woodland on a boardwalk. Use caution on the boardwalk, as it is apt to be slippery when wet. After crossing a fish barrier dam, you return to the gazebo through a stand of Eastern White Pines. The walking is very easy, with a few slight grades and many benches to rest along the way.

Birds commonly heard and seen near the gazebo or in the mixed hardwood/conifer forest include:

 Birds heard and seen at the overlooks on Heron Marsh include:

 Wildflowers and flowering shrubs commonly seen along this trail include:

Trees featured on the identification markers along the trail include:


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