Why Claire Talbot Loves Tinker Nature Park
In 1991, John and Carol Aldridge donated 68 acres of the Tinker Family’s farm to the Town of Henrietta. This land was developed as the Town’s nature park. The park features the Tinker Homestead Museum, which has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, approximately two miles of hiking trails, and the Hansen Nature Center. The nature center features displays on the natural history of New York and offers classes year round and low cost winter cross country skiing and snowshoe rentals. The Hansen Nature Center is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9am to 4pm. Admission is free.
Hiking trails are open from dawn to dusk and there are bathrooms in the park. Dogs are not permitted in the park – so please leave your pets at home.
What I love about the park:
1) Flat, well-maintained nature trails that allow me to get in a short walk before work on a well-maintained loop about one mile long. My favorite part of the trail is the swamp!
2) Fairy Houses! There is a section of trail in the woods where fairies reside in quirky little houses. My favorite house has a purple door and a little clock!
3) Animals and birds are seen – including some unusual species during the fall and spring migratory seasons. I love seeing the fawns in the spring and summer, and the bluebirds and wood ducks that nest within the park.
Photos courtesy of Claire Talbot