The dirt pathway meanders downhill, past pretty sections of the burbling creek, over fallen trees and through the water. It should take only 20 to 30 minutes to reach the bottom of the trail, which ends in what some call their "happy place," a green open area often dotted with dogs, picnicking families, bikers and runners passing through and people tossing Frisbees or dribbling soccer balls.
Follow a trail to the right, and you can end up at the zoo. To the left is Peirce Mill, a 19th-century gristmill that recently reopened for tours after a long renovation.
Pack a lunch and a Frisbee and join in the fun at the field or its pavilion. Two bridges pass over the creek at the field and make perfect, picturesque spots for young children to look down at the water.
-- Amy Joyce (Aug. 24, 2012)