“Dive into a frontcountry wilderness along the Haselton Farm Trail.”
— Dean Dillavou
Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
May 1 to Aug 31 – 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sept 1 to Oct 31– 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Nov 1 to Feb 29 – 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Mar 1 to Apr 30 – 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Overall Benson Park rules in PDF format:
Entire trail system is accessible to trail runners however the conditions can vary greatly based on the season and area of the trail system being run.
Haselton Farm Trail begins a short distance from the parking area behind the dog park. Runners will find this trail delightful in its length, which provides a more secluded running experience away from the road and park noise.
After passing behind the dog park, the trail crosses a bridge over a trickling stream and soon leads to an open meadow. The sound of vehicles soon becomes noticeable as the trail continues alongside Central St. (Rt. 111) with an unmarked trail available to the roadway. Continue left on the main trail and a paved pathway overtakes the dirt trail at approximately 0.5 miles with an intersection to Meadow View
available on the left at approximately 0.6 miles.
After heading through a metal gate, the trail continues along Bass Pond on the left. The trail soon intersects with Otter Way
. Turn right at the intersection to continue on Haselton Farm Trail. A small foot bridge is crossed with a view of Otter Pond on the left. The trail then intersects with Beaver Path
, where you'll want to turn right to continue on Haselton Farm Trail.
At approximately 1.2 miles, a wildlife blind that is not noted on the park's paper map branches off to the left. Soon after, a small foot bridge is crossed over a stream. The trail then continues until it intersects with Deer Run
to the left. Continue straight here. Eventually, you'll be presented with a gradual ascent as the trail is overtaken by a rock face.
At approximately 1.9 miles, a brief ascent is followed by a descent and then an intersection with Oak Ridge Trail
on the left. At 2.1 miles, a gradual descent puts the trail onto a paved path. From here, the trail exits straight to the main park, but you'll want to continue right to the dirt trail. The trail then soon intersects with Moose Pond Trail
, where you'll want to continue right. The trail then passes over a rope-railing bridge at 2.3 miles and concludes with a gradual descent through a double-gated fence at 2.6 miles.
Trail Map in PDF and JPG formats:
Flora & Fauna
Visit this area in autumn to see its hardwoods erupt in fiery fall color.