May 31 2012

Land Trust Celebrates ‘A Day on the Land’ June 9


The Hunterdon Land Trust invites you to a Day on the Land, a community event welcoming visitors to Horseshoe Bend Park just outside Frenchtown in Kingwood Township, NJ.

A Day on the Land will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 9th (rain date Sunday, June 10th, noon-4pm). Come explore the park with local naturalists and see why this is a place worth protecting. Plein air painters and photographers will be capturing the natural beauty of this special place and the land trust will be auctioning off their creations in the fall.

Guided hikes begin from the North Park Entrance, 140 Horseshoe Bend Road.

10 a.m. High Meadow Walk—See breathtaking views and enjoy bird-watching from the shady tree lines of the high meadow.

11:30 a.m. Ravine Walk—Discover the lushly forested ravine, one of Hunterdon’s hidden treasures.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.—Explore on your own and say hello to the plein air painters and photographers who will be capturing the park’s scenic vistas and wildlife.

About the hikes:

At 10 a.m. a guided hike of the high meadow will begin from the north entrance of the park (140 Horseshoe Bend Road, between Route 12 and Spring Hill Road). This hike will start by walking the edge of the meadow to the west of the Morton building for the first half to three quarters of a mile. It will then descend down a moderately steep slope to the ravine and follow the ravine for about another half mile before it ascends a gradual hill back through fields to the Morton building. Total hike 1 to 1 and a quarter miles.

At 11:30 a hike through the ravine will depart from the same north entrance of the park. The Ravine Walk will head south from the Morton building along the edge of a small field before entering the woods and descending to the stream. The hike continues across 2 small streams for about a quarter mile before coming to the Spring Hill Road entrance to the park where we will follow the trail crossing several more small streams. The trail continues along the main ravine stream back to where we started the walk. This is a longer hike but with no significant vertical challenges. Total hike 2 and a half to 3 miles.

Hikes may be modified to accommodate weather and/or group size.

For more information, please call (908-237-4582) or e-mail the Hunterdon Land Trust.


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