Nature Walks in New Jersey: AMC Guide to the Best Trails from the Highlands to Cape May

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Completely revised and updated—and now in a more convenient, compact size—Nature Walks in New Jersey explores more than 45 of the state's most beautiful natural areas. Ideal for families and nature lovers of all ages and abilities, this completely updated second edition leads walkers and hikers from the beaches of Cape May, Sandy Hook, and Holgate to the lush countryside of the Highlands. It even tackles the challenging mountainous terrain of the Appalachian Trail and Palisades....

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Overview

Completely revised and updated—and now in a more convenient, compact size—Nature Walks in New Jersey explores more than 45 of the state's most beautiful natural areas. Ideal for families and nature lovers of all ages and abilities, this completely updated second edition leads walkers and hikers from the beaches of Cape May, Sandy Hook, and Holgate to the lush countryside of the Highlands. It even tackles the challenging mountainous terrain of the Appalachian Trail and Palisades. Special features include:

o More than 45 scenic walks for all abilities o New compact size that fits easily into a backpack or waist pack o Locator map and trip highlights chart o Hiking and trail safety tips o Detailed maps showing parking areas, trails, and natural highlights o Difficulty level for each walk o Photographs of plant life and places of interest

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Editorial Reviews

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"[Nature Walks in New Jersey] is filled with informative insights into nature that will enhance your experience in New Jersey's outdoors. It is a must-have book to keep in your glove box either for that impromptu walk or a long musing hike."
—The Sunday Star-Ledger

"Appalachian Mountain Club Nature Walks Guides direct readers to myriad natural wonders-wildflower meadows, waterfalls, salt marshes, gardens-for urbanites yearning for adventure in the outdoors."
—Country Living magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929173402
  • Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books MA
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: AMC Nature Walks Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 969,136
  • Product dimensions: 4.92 (w) x 7.08 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn Scherer is an environmental writer, naturalist and author who was born in New Jersey and has spent much of his life there. He has written for many hiking magazines, including Backpacker, Outside, and American Hiker, and writes a monthly column in AMC Outdoors. He now lives in EcoVillage at Ithaca in New York.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xii
Introduction xiii
Highlights Chart xxii
Locator Map xxviii
Ridge and Valley Province
Trip 1 Mount Tammany: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area 1
Trip 2 Raccoon Ridge and Appalachian Trail: AMC Mohican Outdoor Center 9
Trip 3 Millbrook Village and Van Campens Glen: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area 17
Trip 4 Merrill Creek Reservoir: Merrill Creek Environmental Preserve 24
Trip 5 Paulinskill Valley Trail: Blairstown to Marksboro 32
Trip 6 Sussex Branch Trail: Kittatinny Valley State Park 40
Trip 7 White Cedar Swamp Trail: Dryden Kuser Natural Area, High Point State Park 48
Trip 8 Monument Trail: High Point State Park 56
Trip 9 Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge and Pochuck Swamp 64
Highlands Province
Trip 10 Pinwheel's Vista and Pochuck Quagmire: Wawayanda State Park 72
Trip 11 Terrace Pond: Wawayanda State Park 79
Trip 12 Bearfort Ridge Fire Tower: Newark Watershed 86
Trip 13 Long Pond Ironworks State Park 94
Trip 14 New Jersey State Botanical Gardens at Skylands 102
Trip 15 Wyanokie High Point: Norvin Green State Forest 109
Trip 16 Four Birds Trail: Splitrock Reservoir and Farny State Park 116
Trip 17 Beaver Brook Trail: Farny Highlands 124
Trip 18 Tripod Rock and Bear Rock: Pyramid Mountain, Morris County Park 132
Trip 19 Black River and Kay Environmental Center: Morris County Park 140
Trip 20 Schooley's Mountain: Morris County Park 148
Piedmont Province
Trip 21 Great Falls of the Passaic River: Paterson 155
Trip 22 The Palisades, Bombay Hook: Palisades Interstate Park 163
Trip 23 Hackensack Meadowlands: DeKorte State Park 172
Trip 24 Cherry Blossom Time: Branch Brook Park, Newark 180
Trip 25 Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center: Morris County Park 188
Trip 26 Leonard J. Buck Garden: Somerset County Park 195
Trip 27 Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park: Kingston to Rocky Hill 202
Inner and Outer Coastal Plain Provinces
Trip 28 Holmdel Park and Longstreet Farm: Monmouth County Park 210
Trip 29 Wells Mills: Ocean County Park 218
Trip 30 Pakim Pond: Brendan Byrne State Forest 226
Trip 31 Whitesbog: Brendan Byrne State Forest 234
Trip 32 Dot and Brooks Evert Memorial Nature Trail: New Jersey Conservation Foundation 241
Trip 33 Rancocas Nature Center of the New Jersey Audubon Society: Rancocas State Park 250
Trip 34 Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower: Wharton State Forest 257
Trip 35 Parvin State Park 265
Atlantic Shore Region
Trip 36 Sandy Hook, Old Dune Trail: Gateway National Recreation Area 272
Trip 37 Cattus Island: Ocean County Park 280
Trip 38 Island Beach State Park 287
Trip 39 Holgate: Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge 294
Trip 40 Cape May Point State Park 301
Appendix A Useful Names and Addresses 309
Appendix B Recommended Reading 312
Alphabetical Listing of Walks 315
About the Author 317
About the AMC 319
Leave No Trace 321
List of Nature Essays
Water Gap Geology 8
Rapture Over Raptors 16
Fabulous Ferns 39
Flights of Wonder 47
Secrets of Sphagnum Moss 55
The Ridgetop Greengrocer 63
The Secret Lives of Muskrats 71
The Buzz on Bees 108
The 1,500-Mile Miracle 115
The Return of the Black Bear 123
Beaver: Born to Build 131
Late Bloomers: A Riot of Fall Wildflowers 139
The Amazing Mrs. Kay 147
Ode to the Great Forest 154
A Side Trip to the Paterson Museum 162
Global Disaster or Global Economy: The Threat of Exotic Species 170
Among the Great Egrets 179
A National Passion for Flowers 186
Turtle Talk 194
Poison Ivy: Our Bane and Nature's Boon 209
Life Down on the Farm 217
Fire in the Pines 225
Pitcher Plants 233
All About Berries 240
Pine Barrens Preservation 248
See Some Seashells 278
A Look at Black Skimmers 300
Mysterious Migrations 308
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