Charles Evan Children’s Discovery Trail, Princeton, New Jersey
It’s vital that my children spend time outside in nature. I love having them play in the park, take a walk or go for a hike outside, so, you can imagine my delightful surprise when I discovered that there was a children’s trail in Princeton, New Jersey. Ed, the kids and I have visited our fair share of outdoor recreation sites, so we were up for the challenge on this one.
Family friendly children’s trail in Princeton New Jersey
Tucked away at the intersection of Drakes Corner Road and Province Line Road is the Charles Evan Children’s Discovery Trail. After parking on the side of Province Line Road, it took a few minutes of exploring to discover where the children’s trail began. The pathway is a bit overgrown, but it added to the secret garden vibe that made the kids and I incredibly excited to explore. The entrance is a few feet from the corner, keep your eyes out for the green sign that labels the trail.
The trail has signs posted along the way to educate about the plants and animals that live in this habitat. The kids loved spotting sign after sign as we walked along the trail. The signs also stand as markers since the trail isn’t well defined in many areas.
Kid Friendly Hiking
The path involves a few different types of terrain including planks over marshy ground, fallen trees, a short rock wall, and a small bridge over a stream. These make the perfect challenges for small children. It helps to acclimate them with different aspects of nature in a manner that’s accessible to them.
The grass is tall in areas, so I highly recommend that you wear boots. Also using a tick repellent and checking for ticks is so important after a hike like this one.
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy all that Princeton has to offer. From shops to museums, we can often forget that nature provides some of the greatest opportunities for learning and exploration. Best of all it’s free.
Looking for other fun things to do with the kids this summer in and around Princeton? Here’s my post on our fun trip to the Princeton Art Museum.