IMPORTANT UPDATE: A section of the red trail is closed to the public. Visitors can still access the pond using the blue trail.
With more than a mile of hiking trails, three ponds and wildlife galore, this is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon… out of the garden! Most of what is now Yew Dell’s natural areas was productive pasture and farm fields during the heyday of the Klein farm and nursery. The ponds were built to provide water for farm animals. What you see today is the result of some 30+ years of regrowth after Klein stopped grazing livestock on the fields. You can still see signs of that past activity in the form of old fences and common fence-row plants such as Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus Virginiana.)
The hiking trails are accessed through a gate at the base of the meadow below the castle. The gate remains unlocked (except during hunting season) but please close it behind you to keep deer from entering the gardens!