FATMAP by Strava

Freeman Homestead Trail

Short loop hike from the Cactus Forest Drive—great for kids and nature lovers of all ages.

Hiking Easy

1.7 km
36 m
36 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
919 m
High Point
955 m
Freeman Homestead Trail Map

This hike is easy to get to and easy to complete. It’s at the end of the two-way section of the Cactus Forest Loop Drive, near the Javelina picnic area. The trail is just under a mile long, on a sandy trail with only small ups and downs. It’s named for a ranch home built here nearly 100 years ago, though no structures remain. Along the trail are signs with bonus activities for kids, related to the history as well as plant and animal life. Cacti and other Sonoran plants are abundant, and there’s one grove of particularly large saguaros. Various birds and lizards are almost guaranteed to be seen, and a keen eye might spot other wildlife as well.




Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly

Similar routes nearby

Guidebooks in this area