Baldpate Mountain offers some of the most extensive and rugged walking in Mercer County. An extensive network of trails, some old logging roads and some specially built
trails, lace the southern and northern flanks of the ridge. There are great
views of the Delaware River to the south, historic farmland to the north, and on clear days the Philadelphia skyline to the southwest. We’ll also visit Howell Living History Farm, a 130-acre educational facility open to the public that preserves and interprets farming life and processes from the era of 1890-1910.
To begin our day, we’ll walk on the Ridge Trail. Then, after a break at an old
farmhouse site, we’ll descend on the Pleasant Valley Trail on our way to the
Farm. After lunch and a visit at the farm, we’ll ascend back the way we came,
looping over to the summit of Baldpate Mountain via the Northwest Loop Trail. After a stop on the top, we’ll cross back over the ridge to explore some of the trails in the Honey Hollow section before we return to the parking lot.
The hike will be approximately 9 miles long at a steady, comfortable pace.
Dress in layers. Over-the-ankle hiking boots and gaiters recommended, as some parts
of the trail system will be rocky and may be muddy. Bring lunch, snacks and water. Refer
to links provided for additional information. Please, no pets.
New Jersey Trails Association link about Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain: http://njtrails.org/trail/ted-stiles-preserve-at-baldpate-mountain/
Howell Living History Farm Link: http://www.howellfarm.org/
Meeting Time: 9:00 am at the Pleasant Valley Road Parking lot.
Directions: From I-95 take exit 1 onto Rt. 29 north for approximately 6 miles and turn right onto Pleasant Valley Road. Travel about 3 miles and on your right will be a gated access road with a Baldpate Mountain sign and a Horse Trailer Parking sign. You'll have to look sharp to see the signs because while on the right side of the road, they are not directly facing your direction of travel. Make a right and follow the access road up and back to the parking lot.