Distance: 1.25 miles
Skill Level: easy, good for little walkers
Elevation Gain: minimal
Type of Hike: loop
Trail Condition: gravel, paved, wood chips
Wow Factor: farm animals
Note: only open weekends
How to get there: Take I684 until it becomes 22. Right onto Doansburg Rd. Green Chimneys will be on the right but the large visitor parking lot is on the left.
Summary: From the parking lot, head toward the entrance and cross the street. Make your sway straight-ish through the buildings. Look for the white silo and the animal prints on the ground. There are also a few signs scattered around pointing toward the Farm and Wildlife Center.
There is a small fish pond to the right. You can pick your way through the farm any way you want. I like to go straight to the teaching barn. There are goats, rabbits, llamas, sheep. Behind the barn are the camels, the huge pigs, emus, and chickens.
To the left of the teaching barn is the bird rehab walk through. There are vultures, hawks, a really cool and loud kookaburra, owls, crows, ravens, peacocks, and a type of deer. Follow the wood chip path back out to the gravel road.
Head right and pick up Tom’s Path near the pond. This follows the back of the property. The horses are usually pastured out here. You’ll pass their outdoor classroom and ropes courses. You can get close to the camels (don’t touch!) and cows. The far side is empty and it dumps out behind the housing units.
Head right on the gravel road and take it back to the barns. To the left is the dog course and sometimes sheep. Ponies are usually kept in one of the field on the way.
When you’re done, you can head back to the car or stop by the playground on the way out.