November 25, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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This 9,400 acre preserve presents a diversity of pine barrens environments and a plethora of new trails that consist of sandy roads that wind though pitch pine forest and blueberry fields, and run along the preserve's cedar swamp, shallow lakes and pristine tributaries of the West Branch of the Wading River.
The new 21 mile trail system includes recently cleared and blazed hikers-only footpaths. Among the waterfowl that have been spotted here are wood ducks, hooded mergansers, tundra swans, black ducks and mallards. Other wetlands-loving birds at the preserve include bald eagles, great blue herons, kingfishers, harriers and great egrets. Our route among the trails will be determines as we go. However we will hike at least 10 miles. This is a photography friendly hike. Bring water, lunch and snacks. Rain cancels. Register by contacting the leader or through Meetup. Group is size limited.
Further details and directions will be sent before the hike.
The rating for this hike is: 2B10+
2 = Moderate (steady, comfortable pace)
B = Soft ground/sand/carriage trails
10+ = more than 10 miles