Mount Hope Farm, Bristol
Distance: 1.25 miles
Located right off of Metacom Avenue is Mount Hope Farm. There’s plenty of parking and some paved trails perfect for total hiking newbies, families with young ones in strollers or folks looking for a leisurely stroll with their leashed dogs. It’s nearly impossible to get lost on the property: the paved roads are well-kept and there are stunning views throughout, like the Church Cove overlook with expansive views of Mount Hope Bay.
As you mosey along you’ll see a variety of habitats (ponds and hay fields) and historic structures (Cove Cabin, Governor Bradford House, North Pasture Guest House and South Pasture Guest House). Feel free to take a break in one of the historic houses, admire the antiques and catch your breath.
Walk up to any of the pens near the historic barn to view the playful goats, clucking chickens, fuzzy donkeys and wooly sheep. Because they’re also curious, they’ll usually come right up to the fence.
250 Metacom Avenue, Bristol.