I got mixed feelings from our trip to Broadmoor. We went in mid-September in the late morning. We didn't really see much wildlife: one turtle, one frog, and one bird on the wing. It had rained that morning, and some of the trails were somewhat slippery because of the wet leaves on the ground.
I also didn't think the trails were as well marked as they could have been. At some points, we weren't sure whether we were following the actual trail, or just a beaten-down side path in the woods, or some loop-around. You shouldn't get completely lost, though, because here and there are trees marked with paint. Blue paint means you are heading away from the nature center, and yellow paint means toward the nature center.
The staff was friendly and helpful, but they seem to be building a new center, so they are operating out of a trailer at present. The new center looks like it will be very useful, but until it's finished, activities are greatly curtailed.
The trails are fairly accessible to most. We even saw a young mother pushing two of her children along the paths in a double stroller. The boardwalks don't have much of a railing, though, so little ones will have to be under control at all times.
I don't think the trails are as well-maintained as some of the reviewers have mentioned, though. We came across a couple of places where we had to climb over fallen trees across the path, and one place which was virtually inaccessible because of the large deep puddle blocking the way. (Remember I said that it had rained that morning.)
Be sure that you bring insect repellant, or buy some there. They sell it for a dollar a dose. As you would expect, mosquitoes are plentiful in the shady woods.
I rated Broadmoor four stars instead of three because I think that for the right visitors, at the right time of the year, it could be an excellent experience.
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