I’m falling behind, so here are some photos from a nighttime hike along the Rainbow Vista trail to the Fire Canyon overlook in Valley of Fire State Park.
Pennington Loop and Baldwin Lake
From a walk back in November. Baldwin Lake is a New Jersey State Wildlife Management Area created by damming Baldwin Brook, a tributary of the Stony Brook. Part of the Pennington Loop trail parallels the Stony Brook.
Featured image: Euonymus alatus (Burning Bush), an introduced/invasive species.
Moving upstream from the Jacob’s Creek Preserve is the Woosamonsa Ridge Preserve. Hillier, and closer to the creek’s headwaters, the Woomonsa also has longer (like, 2-3 miles vs. 1-2 miles) trails.
Jacob’s Creek Trail
This is a short hike mostly along the floodplain of Jacob’s Creek in Hopewell Township, New Jersey, managed by the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space. It was just damp and leaf-covered today, but the creek can flow powerfully through here after a rainstorm.
Attractive Ruins at Franny Reese
Pictures from a visit last autumn to Franny Reese State Park in New York. The sun-dappled ruins are the former estate of wealthy dentist Charles H. Roberts. A graduate of Albany Medical College, Roberts’ dental innovations made him rich and allowed him to branch out into other lucrative business ventures. In the 1860s, he began building his home, Cedar Glen, on the west bank of the Hudson River overlooking Poughkeepsie. After Roberts died in 1909, protracted squabbling over his will by his children resulted in the decline of Cedar Glen. Read more of the story at About Town.
Walking the Institute Woods
Wide paths through bare trees on a beautiful early Spring day in Princeton. The woods are on the grounds of the Institute for Advanced Study behind the Princeton Battlefield State Park.
High Point State Park, New Jersey
I’ve been in New Jersey a long time, but had never made it to High Point State Point. Up in the northwest corner and very close to both New York and Pennsylvania, the park surrounds, not surprisingly, the highest point in New Jersey. The obelisk was built in 1930 and is 220 feet high.
The land was donated to the state by Anthony and Susie Kuser in 1923. The Kusers, were, among many other things, ardent birders. In the early twentieth century, Anthony Kuser encouraged the (futile) search for surviving passenger pigeons by offering a reward for proof of their existence in the wild. The reward was never paid.
The Dryden Kuser Natural Area is within High Point State Park The Atlantic White Cedar Bog here is, at an elevation of 1,500 feet, thought to be highest bog of its kind in the world.
“We have trails that get there with a real attitude”
From Outside Online, Two Locals Share their Favorite Hikes in New Jersey.
Historic Cemeteries along the Finger Lakes Trail
Views of Lamoka Lake, Glenn Curtiss’ burial plot, and other historic cemeteries from the Evening Tribune.
Fiddler’s Creek Preserve, Titusville, New Jersey
Just across a narrow road from the Ted Stiles Preserve, the Fiddler’s Creek Preserve includes a large open area of former farmland and a wooded ravine.