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New Meetup: Hike at Hacklebarney Park, Chester, NJ

From: richard d
Sent on: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 7:52 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for 20s & 30s Young Sierrans-Sierra Club * Socials & Outings!!

What: Hike at Hacklebarney Park, Chester, NJ

When: Saturday, June 12,[masked]:00 AM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Hey everyone, I would like to try a Hike at Hacklebarney State Park in Chester, NJ. I don't believe we have ever done one here before so I thought I would try a new Location. Read below which describes the different features of the Park in detail. There are several trails so We can choose when we meet up and have a chance to view the Maps. Directions are also listed below. We can meet at the Main entrance off Hacklebarney Rd.

After the Hike we can have lunch at the Pub, which is across the Street from the Park.

State Park

119 Hacklebarney Rd
Long Valley, NJ[masked]

Mailing Address:
c/o Spruce Run Recreation Area
68 Van Syckel's Road
Clinton, NJ 08809

GPS Coordinates
DMS 40? 45? 05.04? N 74? 44' 09.63" W

Size: 978 acres

Fees: No entrance fee.
Link to the Related Fees page

Route 206 to Chester. Follow Route 24/513 west for one mile to State Park Road for two miles. Turn right onto Hacklebarney Road and travel 1/2 mile. The entrance is on the left.

Facilities & Activities:
Hunting & Fishing
Black River Gorge
(trout-stocked river)
Picnic tables
Related Links

Hiking trails, sometimes rocky, along Black River

The freshwater Black River briskly cuts its way through rocky Hacklebarney State Park, cascading around boulders in the hemlock-lined ravine. Two tributaries, Rinehart and Trout Brooks, also course their way through this glacial valley, feeding the Black River. Even in the heat of midsummer, the temperature of Black River gorge is cool and refreshing.

Today Hacklebarney is a favorite place for avid anglers, hikers and picnickers, yet in the 19th century the park was a mined iron ore site. The gushing river against the grey boulders and dark green hemlocks creates a majestic beauty in any season.

Three rare and endangered plant species exist within the park: American ginseng, leatherwood and Virginia pennywort. Over a hundred bird species and wildlife such as black bear, woodchuck, deer and fox live in the park.

Horseback riding is not permitted in the park.

Keep Your Park Clean

Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Bags are provided throughout the site. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

Hacklebarney State Park has very limited access for people with disabilities. Only the parking lot and adjacent restrooms can accommodate wheelchairs. Please contact the park office for further information regarding disability access needs. Text telephone (TT) users, call the New Jersey Relay Service at (800) 852-7899.

Park Hours

Open daily sunrise to sunset.

Deep in the ravines of Trout and Rinehart Brooks are remote places that one can view the glacial moraine of millennia ago, when an ice sheet covered the region. The rock strewn landscape is all that remains of that major geological event; it is also a place that is endowed with a fascinating history.

It is said that the word Hacklebarney has a Native American derivation. Depending on which source one reads, it may have come from the words haki, meaning ?ground? and barney, a variation of bonihen, ?to put wood on fire,? or hakiboni, ?to put wood on a fire on the ground? or ?bonfire.? Other explanations come by way of the area?s iron-mining history. The first concerns an iron mine foreman named Barney Tracey, who was lovingly but persistently heckled by his workmen ? hence the name ?Heckle? Barney. Another tradition says the name came from the Irish miners and their home village in Cork County. Finally, the land near the Hacklebarney forge may have been owned by a Barney Hackle.

Whatever the origin of its name, we do know that Hacklebarney Memorial State Forest Park Reservation, or Hacklebarney State Park, as it is now called, was established because of the generosity and vision of Adolphe and Sarah Borie. Their vision for Hacklebarney has endured long after their deaths and continues to guide the destiny of the park once described as ?the most beautiful park in New Jersey.?

- Peter Osborne, author
Images of America: Hacklebarney and Voorhees State Parks

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