The photo above shows the Wells Spring Open Space last fall. The property is located just a few hundred yards from Exit 12 Route 8, at the corner of Farmill Crossing and Old Stratford Road. You can barely see the top of an old corn crib sticking out of the impenetrable field of brambles. Parks & Rec crews cleared out the thorny jungle last week before the snow. Here's what it looks like now:
Here's another view from last fall. The bridge in the distance is Farmill Crossing. I let you figure out what river it's crossing.
There's a short trail of sorts, unmarked, that starts on Farmill Crossing (there is a large open space sign), leading down an old drive that passes the corn crib. Stay on the drive, veering left to stay on the gravel emergency access road that runs along the condos and retaining wall. This leads quickly to the old dam ruins for Beard's sawmill, as well as some old bridge abutments for a bridge that washed out. It's a short trail, but very scenic along the Far Mill River.