Stepping Off the Beaten Path
Sometimes we get so caught up in the daily grind that we end up on auto-pilot, sticking to our routines and traveling the same roads. Don't forget to give yourself a break every now and then! A great place to start might be a trip to see the Whitehurst-Buffington House, a 1793 farmhouse located in the West Neck Creek Natural Area.
Fall is the perfect time of year to explore West Neck Creek Natural Area. The cooler temperatures have nearly eliminated the mosquitoes and the leaves are just starting to change color. To access the area, head out to North Landing Road, just across from the Municipal Center. Begin in the municipal lot and follow the paved trail to the bridge, then turn right onto a soft trail. The Whitehurst-Buffington House will be in a clearing a little ways up.
The other 2.5 miles of trails start once you cross another bridge that you can reach by heading left into the woods behind the house. (Insider tip: The trails can get quite soggy after a lot of rain, so either go when it hasn't been raining or wear shoes you don't mind getting a little muddy.)
Prefer to explore in a group? Join us for the 4th Annual Haunted Walk at West Neck Creek Natural Area on Saturday, October 29 from 6-8 pm. This program is spooky rather than scary, and allows you and the family to meet some traditional Halloween animals that live in our area. You'll also enjoy stories around our bonfire and fun children's activities. Legend has it the house is haunted by a child-friendly ghost; come see what you think!
Haunted Walk | 10/29 | 6-8 pm | $2 | Register now!