Hike - Merrill Creek Reservoir

Join us for an easy and enjoyable 7-mile hike around this 650-acre reservoir, passing some historic ruins of farm homesteads, many species of birds and even an eagle nesting area.  This hike is paced specifically for the birders and photographers and there will be multiple stops in order to enjoy the surroundings.  Meet at the Visitor Center at 10:00 am. Bring sturdy footwear, traction devices (if icy conditions), water, snacks/lunch, and non-cotton layers. Well behaved dogs on leash are welcomed.  Heavy rain/snow cancels. Please note cell phone reception and GPS satellite signal are poor at Merrill Creek.  Therefore, bring written directions.

I have been told that the snow geese have been making stops on the reservoir recently and it is a beautiful sight to see this huge flock.  They sometimes put on a spectacular show for their audience and hope they will be there for our hike.  Last year we were all amazed by an unusual and very rare visit from a Snowy Owl whose home is in the Arctic.  We were able to see her twice and feel very lucky - what a beauty!  Snowy Owl photo taken by Lisa Schustak.


Please visit the website provided below for written directions.


Linger at conclusion of hike to spend some time in the Visitor's Center and learn more about the animals and birds native to this area.

Optional post-hike refreshment stop at local eatery.

For leaders info and AMC posting:


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  • Rob

    Had a really nice time on this hike. Met a bunch of nice people. Look forward to doing it again later this year.

    January 21, 2013

  • bill d.

    The fog made this a very interesting hike with a great group of hikers. Thanks

    January 14, 2013

  • Cheryl O.

    Snow! Mountains! Ears popping, Boulders, CLIFFS!, Bridges, Birds! Fun people! Sore butt! You folks need to warn us flatland-ers that your 7 miles equals 21 miles to my behind! I've hiked many 16-19 mile hikes and they don't even compare! I loved it! Now, about that fog... So glad to have met so many nice people and have so many laughs at the after, dinner gathering! I had all kinds of accents around me, Polish, Italian, England... and then the big laugh when I said (with excitement) "I'm from New Jersey!"
    Thank you so much Terry!

    January 13, 2013

  • Greg H.

    The hike was mostly in fog, but towards the end the fog lifted and we were able to see the reservoir and the big flock of snow geese. The whole flock lifted off when the eagle flew over. That was amazing! Thank you, Terry, for another great hike.

    2 · January 13, 2013

  • Lynn

    The stark beauty of the blowdown from hurrican Sandy and calm of the fog was captured so well by the posted photos. Terry, thanks for arranging the sun to briefly come out so we could see the snow geese! And as always, thanks for organizing an adventure in the woods.

    January 13, 2013

  • Steve L.

    Thanks Terry for leading another great hike. The fog lifted in time to
    see the snow geese awesome majesty in flight. The photographers
    really captured the splendor of the day!

    January 12, 2013

  • Terry B

    Please forgive the additional comment. I cannot get over the extraordinary photography - absolutely stunning shots! What a creative group - I wanted to 'wow' each shot. Thank you all for capturing -- I know there are more to be added.

    1 · January 12, 2013

  • Julie

    Really enjoyed the hike, Terry! I loved the seeing the geese.

    January 12, 2013

  • Donna J.

    As usual a great hike and fun people. With a good amount number of hikers the leader was mindful of us all.

    January 12, 2013

  • Terry B

    As is typical with a large group, there a difference is speed. I left instructions for those who did not climb to the bottom of the dam to wait for us -- but they did not and proceeded to the visitor center and left. We took our group photo with those who remained. Many of the participants were able to experience the grandeur of the snow geese; they were in the middle of the reservoir. Just as we came upon them, the sun shone on their beautiful white mass -- it was awesome. Many went to the shoreline to photograph and Greg took out his scope so we could have a closer view. ...then they took off in flight - unreal. Our after-hike refreshment stop was a lot of fun! Thank you for participating -- look forward to seeing you on my next hike.

    1 · January 12, 2013

  • Adanna

    Great hike, met a a good group of fellow hikers; weather was foggy so we missed winter animals (sighting of snow geese however), overall great hike!

    January 12, 2013

  • Ann

    Sorry that I was unable to make it....last minute family emergency. Hope you all had a great time!

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm recovering from a lingering cold so I won't be doing this hike. But I am going to Merrill Creek anyway for a hike on a short loop. If anyone wants to meet and do a short hike with me, I'd be glad to get together!

    January 11, 2013

    • Magic Water D.

      Hi Lorraine - I'd like to join you for a shorter hike. Please email

      January 11, 2013

    • Magic Water D.

      email directly to: magic10 at gmail dot com -thanks

      January 11, 2013

  • Korrie

    I will be there Sat at Merrill and look foward to all the fun and chaos!

    Lets have fun!

    1 · January 10, 2013

  • Lynn

    I spoke to my friend who is a naturalist at MCR. There have been over 30,000 snow geese since Christmas, but only a few dozen were observed the other day. They usually move on after a brief stop. Hopefully we'll have an opportunity to see larger numbers this weekend. Our gal snowy has not made an appearance.

    1 · January 8, 2013

  • Terry B

    Looks like we will have a large group; hope the snow geese are there. Was x-country in Tug Hill over New Years and up to Lake Placid next weekend. Let it snow! Catch you next time.

    January 8, 2013

  • Paul

    Am sad to miss this hike as I enjoy the area. I'll be cross country sking in Vermont that weekend. Enjoy.

    1 · January 8, 2013

  • Hareesh

    Anyone would like to carpool from Norristown / King of Prussia area?

    January 5, 2013

    • Jieun

      Hi, I'd love to carpool. I just joined the group. I'm near Willow Grove exit.

      January 7, 2013

  • Michael H.

    Wait till you see the new trail I built that's going there!

    1 · December 26, 2012

    • Terry B

      I can't wait! By the way, I have been trying to get time to scout out the Point Mountain trails. We did go on the other size of the road and hiked around there. The trail and the map do not match -- so I wanted to go back and do the entire hike from Pt Mtn across the road and over the 2nd mountain. Do they plan on doing something with that water crossing before the road? It was a tad difficult for a few of my hikers.

      December 27, 2012

    • Michael H.

      No plans because Hunterdon is way into doing permits for everything. We had a scout go in and set up those stone crossing points. It's planned to keep it totally natural. BTW I built a lot of that trail!
      On the other side of the river, we have new connecting trails going in. We should really coordinate on a hike, have your group meet to do less mileage if you want. The new canal acquisitions are out of this world. New loop trails going in.

      December 31, 2012

  • shari

    i maybe not able to drive up there
    anyone would like to carpool from northeast philly?

    December 28, 2012

    • shari

      Sorry, don't feel very well since this afternoon, i don't think can make the hike tmrw,
      Holly, thans ur offer anyway, see u next time
      hope everyone will enjoy the hike

      December 28, 2012

    • shari

      drive safe in the snow

      December 28, 2012

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