Mar 19 2013

More Than 70 Hikers Explore Horseshoe Bend


On a sunny Saturday morning in early March, more than 70 people joined the Hunterdon Land Trust for a hike at Horseshoe Bend Park in Kingwood Township.  Though connected to 500 acres of preserved lands, the Park itself includes more than 300 acres of fields, forests, and streams; seven miles of trails allow easy access to beautiful scenery and wildlife sightings.

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Tom Thorsen and Michael Heffler

 

Thomas Thorsen, Hunterdon Land Trust’s Land Steward, led the hike with Michael Heffler of the Princeton Freewheelers and Central Bucks Bicycle Club. The hikers were not deterred by the brisk morning air and warmed as they roamed through the hills and dales of the scenic park with exceptional views of the Delaware River.

While hikers often commented about how many trees Hurricane Sandy felled on the property, they were also impressed that all of the trails had been cleared.

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Enjoying the open route, some hikers finished the 3.5 mile hike in less than two hours, while others casually meandered through the countryside identifying wildlife and discussing natural resources.

 

 

 

 

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All photos courtesy of Stevie Thorsen

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At the end of the hike, many had questions about volunteering for stewardship activities to manage these resources on Hunterdon Land Trust properties. Now that Hunterdon Land Trust has a dedicated Land Steward, we plan to organize regular work days starting in mid-April to focus on our efforts to enhance wildlife habitat as well as water quality and improve public access to Hunterdon Land Trust preserves. Stewardship activities will be posted on our events calendar at https://hunterdonlandtrust.org//get-involved/events/ so you can view opportunities online. Volunteering to assist with these projects offers a great opportunity to benefit nature and your community while learning about the natural resources that support us. To learn more, email Tom Thorsen tthorsen@hunterdonlandtrust.org.

We hope you will all join us for future events on our preserves this summer! We would like to thank Michael Heffler, Princeton Freewheelers, Central Bucks Bicycle Club, and Hunterdon Land Trust Trustee, Richard Dodds, for making this hike at Horseshoe Bend a fun and refreshing opportunity to explore all that Hunterdon County has to offer.


One Response to More Than 70 Hikers Explore Horseshoe Bend

  1. John Gattuso March 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Looks like it was a great day. So sorry I couldn’t be there.

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