4 Mile White Lake Hike and Warren Natural Resource Day!

Join Michael  Helbing, Chairman of the Warren County Board of Recreation Commission for a four mile hike to kick off Warren County's Natural Resource Day at White Lake Natural Resource Area!
This is a fully open public event with no rsvp limit, so even when rsvps fill up here, feel free to simply show up.

We'll meet at the White Lake Parking lot at 8:45, along Rt 521, Stillwater Road, just northeast of Blairstown. From the traffic light on Rt 94, head on 521 north. It's a weird turn, so be wary of it. GPS often sends people the wrong place. There are three Stillwater Roads in very close proximity. DO NOT TRUST YOUR GPS! From Blairstown, it's only a few miles up.
On the right side of the road are white fences and a parking lot, directly across the street from the historic stone Vass Farmhouse. Park at the lot.

The hike will include Ridge and Valley Trail, and the somewhat new Blue and Red trails which I helped to develop. We will pass rock outcroppings, historic Marl Works ruins, lime kilns, and the remains of a forgotten girl scout camp. Short road walk involved to close the loop in.

There will be further festivities at White Lake immediately following the hike into the afternoon and many displays by local interest groups as well as tours of the historic Vass House and farmstead.
Learn about trails in Warren County and future plans for further development.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Michael, That is a fabulous hike.
    You are a wealth of information.

    - wasn't sure I had actually yet recovered my stamina,
    from winter injury on the ice.
    - feel really fortunate to have been able to join in.
    - great bunch of folks.

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • Michael

    Beautiful day and it was great meeting everybody.

    May 18, 2014

  • Meghna

    It was nice hike.weekend well spent.

    May 18, 2014

  • Kathy C.

    Arrived to late to walk with the group! So right about the GPS directions. Lovely area hiked around a little to check it out. Hope to join another hike in the future!

    May 18, 2014

  • Ken

    Awesome day and great hike

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Angel

    Indeed! Thanks so much!

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Michael H.

    Lovely day!!!

    May 17, 2014

  • RM

    That is: should we plan for a muddy approach road, parking and trail?

    May 16, 2014

    • Michael H.

      There could be a little mud. We start walking in a meadow that sometimes gets a little wet.
      Parking is very close to Stillwater Rd/Rt 521.

      May 16, 2014

  • Kala N.

    Any one interested in car pool from Edison area?

    May 16, 2014

  • Michael H.

    Everything is continuing as planned, and remember anyone is welcome to show up at the hike, or otherwise any time between the start of the hike and 4 pm to check out vendors and exhibits at both White Lake Natural Resource Area and the Vass Farmstead across the street!

    1 · May 16, 2014

  • Michael H.

    Everyone please read the directions carefully as not to get lost on the way there!
    This will be the last hike I will be hosting through this group until the end of June when I will be doing LBI.

    Rather than use the parking area on the right side of the road, we'll be using the lot across the street next to the historic Vass farm house. Be ready to pull ahead of the parking area and we'll line cars up on the grass just past the stone house.

    May 12, 2014

    • RM

      With rain predicted until 3 AM, what will be road, parking and trail conditions?

      May 16, 2014

    • Michael H.

      Trail conditions will be fine. It doesn't get all that muddy through a lot of it, just one low area. Parking should also be fine. There's tons of room by the Vass House across the street from the lake lot.

      May 16, 2014

  • Ken

    Mike et al, there will also be plenty of parking along side the road as folks tend to park perpendicular to Stillwater Rd. Also, bring you book on the Railroads through Warren county, I'd like to get one.

    May 12, 2014

    • Michael H.

      Ok...I have a few copies left of the Warren Railroad book left. Mile by mile guides to the Lehigh and Hudson River Railroad, Paulins Kill Valley Trail, and more are on the official website for my hikes, www.metrotrails.org

      1 · May 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Michael , can I bring a guest?

    May 12, 2014

    • Michael H.

      Absolutely, it's a completely open event to all public hosted through Warren County Department of Land Preservation.

      May 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Michael, for the note, that a spot has opened up.
    - Looking forward,
    Karen

    May 8, 2014

    • Michael H.

      This is an open public event, So anyone is welcome to show up regardless of whether RSVP's are full or not. It will even be posted in our local newspapers, Telling people where to show up.

      May 8, 2014

  • Marc S.

    Is anyone interested in carpooling from the Edison/Rahway area?

    May 7, 2014

  • Michael H.

    Immediately following the hike, there will be free use of canoes and kayaks, and several displays by area organizations and non profits. I will be manning the Metrotrails table with tee shirts for sale and information on area trails.

    2 · April 30, 2014

  • Mark

    This is an interesting hike... with an interesting history.

    1 · April 3, 2014

    • Michael H.

      Very much so. Everyone feel free to show up, completely open public event hosted by Warren County Dept. of Land Preservation.

      April 30, 2014

  • Mark

    Here is a link to a pitcher plant at white lake. It eats insects...

    http://www.nj.com/warrenreporter/index.ssf/2013/05/warren_county_wildlife_the_pit.html

    April 30, 2014

    • Michael H.

      Indeed. I know exactly where they are and will be showing them to everyone when I talk about the harvesting from the marl beds.

      April 30, 2014

  • Mark

    I think Mr. Lee may be out of control

    1 · April 15, 2014

    • Michael H.

      It's not Mr. Lee's fault, even his own hikes are limited to 25 participants by the owner of this meetup group because of RSVP "no show abuses".
      Regardless of whether we agree or disagree with the rule, I appreciate the fact that I am permitted to post events here, and no shows are a problem. On my 17 year anniversary hike, I had about 150 people signed up the day before. 47 members of this group UN RSVP'd over night, and the rest simply didn't show. I had 75 show up, 72 no shows. Almost half. Unfortunately, people are not very reliable.

      1 · April 15, 2014

    • Michael H.

      Unfortunately, Its a problem in all outdoor groups, not just isolated to this one. For 17 years I've been hosting weekly hikes with average 30% no shows through Appalachian Mountain Club, Sierra Club, NYNJ Trail Conference, state park service, and even Metrotrails, the non profit I founded. At least having a lot of members makes the group more attractive to new members who might be more reliable. My most recent hike had only about 10% no show. Hopefully nicer weather will bring better attendance.

      April 16, 2014

  • Ken

    I knocked my reservation down removing the +2. If it gets close to allow more newbies to join

    April 15, 2014

    • Michael H.

      Anyone can join regardless of the wait list, it's an open public event through Warren County Board of Recreation Commission.

      April 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am a part of another group doing this hike as well so I have given up my spot here for someone waiting. See you all there.

    1 · April 14, 2014

    • Michael H.

      I appreciate being able to post my events here. This is an event sanctioned through Warren County Department of land preservation, so this group Will not be liable. I will make sure to stress that at the meeting point.

      1 · April 15, 2014

    • Michael H.

      As chairman of the board of recreation for Warren County, As well as president of the non-profit organization Metrotrails, Participants sign another liability waiver approved by my lawyer, and as a non-profit leader I am covered by the volunteer Protection Act. Affiliations and partnerships help all of us to grow, and I'll be sure to make it clear at the start of the hike and event. I will have a table at the event to answer of trail questions, if anyone wants to stop by apart from the hike!

      1 · April 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Michael !
    I will plan on it.

    1 · April 15, 2014

  • Kathy C.

    Thanks! Glad to be included in this hike!

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, I guess I tarried too long,
    (recovering from a little spill on the ice)
    and am now on the wait list.
    Please keep me posted,
    to know if I may join you on this lovely hike.

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Ken

    Latitude:[masked] deg
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    Note: These are decimal degrees.
    Another method would be to enter 100 Stillwater Rd, Hardwick, NJ 07825. (should get you to the park entrance)
    ~Ken

    1 · April 3, 2014

    • Michael H.

      Great, thanks! Should be a nice trip!

      1 · April 3, 2014

  • Ken

    I will get the Lat/Long of the parking lot and post for all to enter the coordinates into their GPS

    1 · April 3, 2014

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