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New Jersey State Parks Celebrate the New Year
with First Day Hikes across the state on January 1, 2018


The New Jersey State Park Service is hosting 27 guided hikes, 2 mountain bike rides and 1 horseback ride in state parks, forests and historic sites on New Year’s Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes program. These free First Day Hikes offer a great incentive to get outside, exercise, experience history, enjoy nature, and celebrate the New Year with friends and family in one of your state parks.

For all hikes and rides, wear sturdy footgear and bring water and snacks. Check the weather before you leave the house and wear weather-appropriate clothing. Layers are best for exercising in colder temperatures.

See the list below and join us – and thousands of other people, dogs, and horses all over America - for a great way to welcome the New Year!

 

BARNEGAT LIGHTHOUSE STATE PARK                                       Barnegat Light
New Year’s Day Bird Walk       
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   
Barnegat Inlet is a great location to see some birds that are tough to find elsewhere in New Jersey. Join us for a walk from the lighthouse to the end of the jetty, looking for winter birds, including Loons, Eiders, Ducks (especially the delightful Harlequin Duck), and more.

Hike Info  
Easy-Moderate ~ 1.5 walking mostly on sand
Children 10 and over, with responsible adult, are welcome. Service animal only. Please bring binoculars, camera, water, and snacks.
Meeting Location: Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
208 Broadway, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006. Meet at State Parking Lot near the entrance.
Registration & Cancellation
Registration is not required and please check the State Parks Website or Facebook page for cancellation due to inclement weather.                                    

BASS RIVER STATE FOREST                                               Woodland Twp.

West Pines Plains Ramble
Bass River State Forest
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a hike in Bass River State Forest “North” which encompasses the West Pine Plains and the “Pygmy Pines” – the world’s largest acreage of this globally rare forest community. Large portions of the hike will be through places where the mature trees are scarcely taller than the hikers themselves and in some places, are not. The hike will traverse several ridges that will provide fantastic views of the surrounding area. The hike will meander along sand roads and trails near the NJ Forest Fire Service’s Coyle Field. We will not be following the same hike route as 2017’s First Day Hike.

Hike Info
Easy-moderate ~ 7 miles
Children 10 years and older with responsible adult, welcome. Service animals only.
No restrooms or drinking water available.
Meeting Location: Bass River State Forest
N39° 48.805' W74° 24.840' which is located along NJ 72 at the EASTERN boundary of Coyle Field.  The meeting location is approximately 11.3 miles east of the intersection of NJ 72 and NJ 70 and approximately 2.4 miles west of the intersection of NJ 72 and Ocean County Road 539. Parking is along NJ 72.  There is no street address for this location.
Registration & Cancellation
Registration is required and is capped at 25 participants.  To register or for more information, contact the Bass River State Forest office at 609-296-1114.
Cancelled if severe weather. To check, contact the Bass River State Forest Office at 609-296-1114

BELLEPLAIN STATE FOREST                                                                              Woodbine

1st Day Mountain Bike Ride
Belleplain State Forest
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join us for a mountain bike ride on the 10-mile-long trail at Belleplain State Forest. This is a technical trail with twists and turns through the forest. An option of less mileage is available.

Hike Info
Moderate to difficult ~ 10 miles
Bring water, your own bike, bike-riding gear, especially a helmet! Some experience with mountain biking is necessary. Wear weather-appropriate clothing. Children 10 and over, with responsible adult, welcome.
Meeting Location: Office in Belleplain State Forest
Registration & Cancellation
Registration is NOT required. For more information, call (609)861-2404
Cancelled if bad weather. If in doubt, call (609)805-4073 on 1/1 for more information.

BELLEPLAIN STATE FOREST                                                                              Woodbine

1st Day East Creek Trail Hike
Belleplain State Forest
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join us for a 3.5 mile hike on the East Creek Trail. The hike will cover half the distance of the trail. Please dress for the weather and bring water. Dogs are welcome!

Hike info
Moderate ~ 3.5 miles.
No age restrictions. Dogs on a leash are welcome.
Meeting Location: Belleplain Forest Office
Registration & Cancellation
Registration is NOT required. For more information, call (609) 861-2404
Cancelled if extremely bad weather. Call (609) 374-0094 on 1/1 for info.

BOXWOOD HALL                                                                                   Elizabeth

Image result for boxwood hall njTour Historic Midtown Elizabeth
Boxwood Hall State Historic Site
1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.
Stand where the name “New Jersey” was first used. Visit a house where Washington, Hamilton & Lafayette visited. Discover 300 years of architecture. Explore a historic cemetery. Learn about the famous, infamous & forgotten who called Elizabeth, NJ home. And all in 1.5 miles!

Hike Info
Easy~ 1.5 miles
Stand where the name “New Jersey” was first used. Visit a house where Washington, Hamilton & Lafayette visited. Discover 300 years of architecture. Explore a historic cemetery. Learn about the famous, infamous & forgotten who called Elizabeth, NJ home. And all in 1.5 miles!
Children are welcome but must be accompanied by adults, as we will be crossing busy streets. Socialized dogs on leash—this is a city & non-hikers will be on the street. Restrooms available at start & end of walk ONLY.
Meeting Location: First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, 42 Broad St., Elizabeth, NJ
Registration & Cancellation
Registration is limited and required, please email name, number in party & phone number (preferably cell phone) to ElizabethFirstDay17@gmail.com or telephone the same information to 908-282-7617.
If severe weather is predicted days in advance, we will send e-mail as well. Call 908-282-7617 on 1/1 if unsure.

BRENDAN T. BYRNE STATE FOREST, Whitesbog Village            Pemberton Twp

Beat the winter “BLUES” Hike
Whitesbog Village
10:00 a.m to 1:00 pm

Come join us for a fun morning of exploration and recreation!  On our recently completed hiking trails you can wander as far and wide as your heart desires.  Amazing discoveries can be found at both ½ mile, at 5 miles and everything in between.  Let your curiosity and your feet lead the way!  Leaders in nature studies and historic reference will be on hand to share stimulating information about Whitesbog Village and the NJ Pine Barrens.  Save the end of the day for a pot-luck social in the Barrel Factory.  Bring a snack to share.

Hike Info
Easy to Moderate~ from 0.5 miles to 5 miles
Children 10 and up with responsible adults and well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. Conditions are often windy; dress appropriately. Suggested bring-alongs: binoculars, cameras, walking stick, back pack, etc.  We will provide field guides for your reference after the hike. Barrel Factory has a ramp, but no restrooms.  Clyvus multrum unit outside.  Roads are gravel and sand.
Meeting Location: Whitesbog Village General Store
Registration and Cancellation
Registration is required, please call Terry @ 609-412-3394 leave message with name, phone or email and number of people attending. Leader will make phone calls/emails by 3 pm on 12/31 if there is a threat of inclement weather.  NJ State Park Service Facebook page will have updates. 

CHEESEQUAKE STATE PARK                                                           Old Bridge

First Day Hike
Cheesequake State Park
1:00 p.m. –  3p.m.                                                                                                       
Join us for a guided hike on the trails of Cheesequake to celebrate the New Year.              

Hike Info
Moderate ~ 3 miles
Children 8 and up with parents/guardians welcome. Dogs on leash are welcome.
Meeting Location: Cheesequake State Park Nature Center                                       
Registration & Cancellation
Registration is NOT required. For more information, call (732)566-3208
Cancelled if snow or ice on the trails. To check, call (732)566-3208 after 9 a.m. on 1/1

DELAWARE AND RARITAN CANAL STATE PARK                       South Brunswick

Princeton Nursery Lands First Day Hike
D&R Canal/ Mapleton Preserve
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands invites everyone to a First Day Hike in the Mapleton Preserve on Monday, January 1, 2018, at noon. Exercise your New Year's resolution to walk more, or make new friends on this easy 1.5 mile loop hike through the Mapleton Preserve. We know you will want to sleep in a little, so the walk will not start until noon.  It will begin and end at the Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park Headquarters at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. Dress for the weather, whatever it is. The walk is free and all are welcome.  For more information, visit www.fpnl.org as we get closer to the New Year.

Hike Info:
Easy ~ 1.5 miles
Children accompanied by adults are welcome to join.
Meeting Location: Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Office
145 Mapleton Road, Princeton, NJ
Registration and Cancellation
No registration needed and visit the www.fpnl.org website and/or call 609-683-0483 for cancellation information.

FOREST RESOURCE EDUCATION CENTER                              Jackson

Nature Stroll
Forest Resource Education Center
11:00 a.m. – Noon 
Join the FREC Naturalist on this easy stroll around the property. Learn about the plants and animals native to the Pinelands. See the State Forest Service Tree Nursery and learn how trees are grown to reforest our state.

Hike Info

Easy ~1 miles. Easy, mostly level walking. Children with responsible adult are welcome. Dogs on a leash are welcome.
Meeting Location: We will leave from the Interpretive Center
495 Don Connor Blvd Jackson, NJ 08527

Registration & Cancellation
Registration is NOT required. Cancelled if deep snow, heavy rain, or heavy snowstorm. To check, call (732) 928-2360

GROVER CLEVELAND BIRTHPLACE                                                 Caldwell

CANCELED

Grover Cleveland’s Historical Visit & Hike
11:00 a.m-12:00p.m. House Visit, 12:00 Hike

Visit the Grover Cleveland Birthplace and/or join us for an easy/moderate walk. The route starts at the Birthplace, proceeds down to and around the Grover Cleveland County Park, then back to the Birthplace. The Birthplace will be open from 11am to 12 noon. The Hike begins at 12 noon.

Hike Info
Easy~ 1.5 miles
Children with responsible adults are welcome and dogs on leashes are welcome on the hike but, not permitted in the historic home. No public restrooms at Birthplace. ADA accessible.
Meeting Location: Grover Cleveland Birthplace
207 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ 07006. (Across from the Dunkin Donuts).
Registration and Cancellation
Registration is recommended by calling 973-226-0001 until 12/31/17. To check if the tour and/or Hike is cancelled due to extreme weather, please call 908-619-6651 after 9 am on 1/1/18.      

HIGH POINT STATE PARK                                                                    Sussex

High Point “First Day Challenge” Hike
10:00 a.m.

Come and join us for our First Annual High Point "First Day Challenge" Hike. This will be a great way to start off the new year and get in some exercise. The first, more rugged half of the hike will be on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in scenic High Point State Park. The return will be on the easier Iris Trail, a well-graded, old wagon road. There will be numerous scenic views along the AT on the ridge. Maximum elevation =1600 ft Minimum elevation =1300 ft. Members of NJ Search and Rescue will be along to assist.

Hike Info
Difficult to Strenuous ~ 5.8 miles
Dogs on leashes (max 6’) and children ages 12 and up with an adult are welcome. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear, depending on conditions snowshoes or foot traction may be appropriate. Bring snacks, water, bagged lunch, binoculars and camera. This will be a strenuous hike. Although the pace will not be too rapid, please be realistic when assessing any medical conditions that my preclude such activities.
Meeting Location: Appalachian Trail parking lot
Route 23, Montague, NJ (just south of High Point State Park Office, 1480 Route 23).

Registration & Cancellation
Registration is required. Please call the High Point State Park Office at 973-875-4800 or contact hike leader John Rovetto at 973-903-3496/johnrovetto@gmail.com
Cancelled if there is steady rain, heavy snow or icy conditions. Please contact the park office prior to 1/1 at 973-903-3496, on 1/1/18 please follow the High Point State Park Facebook page.

ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK                                                             Berkeley

New Year’s Day Beach Hike
2:00 p.m.-4:00p.m.
Join the Friends of Island Beach State Park for a hike across the barrier island. The hike will start at the Island Beach State Park Interpretive Center. From there, hike through the maritime forest, rich with American holly and eastern red cedar, to both the ocean and bay sides of Island Beach. Winter is a wonderful time to explore the coast. Bring binoculars to observe the birds that overwinter here.

Hike Info
Easy ~ 1 miles
All are welcome, including well behaved dogs on leashes.
Restrooms are available at the Interpretive Center.
Meeting Location: Interpretive/Nature Center, located 7 miles into the park.
Registration & Cancellation:
Registration is required by visiting http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=zbuejiuab&oeidk=a07eeu0w8wl2fbd0380
Registered participants will receive an email if the program is cancelled.

KITTATINNY VALLEY STATE PARK (On Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail)             Blairstown

Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail Committee 33nd Annual New Year’s Day Hike
Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail (extension of Kittatinny Valley State Park)
10:00 a.m. – open

Join the Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee (PVTC) at 10:00AM on Monday January 1, 2018 at Footbridge Park in Blairstown, NJ. The PVTC, a Friends Organization of the Kittatinny Valley State Park, will host the hike. The trail is a cinder-based rail-trail which provides easy, level walking.

Hike Info
Moderate ~ 4–5 miles. The cinder-based rail-trail provides easy, level walking.
Children with responsible adult are welcome.
Bring lunch and a drink.  Dogs on a leash are welcome. No motorized vehicles on trails. No restrooms.
Meeting Location: WE WILL LEAVE FROM FOOTBRIDGE PARK
1 Footbridge Lane, Blairstown, NJ 07825. GPS Coordinates: 40.981345, -74.957191
Directions: Route 94, Blairstown, NJ.  Take Route 80 to Exit 12, Route 521.  Go north on Route 521 for 5 miles to Route 94 in Blairstown.  Turn left onto Route 94 and take the second left into the park (Look for a small white sign with black lettering)
Registration & Cancellation
Registration is NOT required. For more information, pbk123@aol.com. Cancelled if deep snow, heavy rain, or heavy snowstorm. To check, call (908)930-9745

KITTATINNY VALLEY STATE PARK                                                                   Augusta

First Day Horseback Ride

CANCELED

Sussex Branch & Paulinskill Valley Rail Trails (extension of Kittatinny Valley State Park)
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Come earlier to unload, saddle up etc.)
Bring your OWN HORSE if you’d like to participate in a 2-hour guided horseback ride.
In addition to the guided horseback ride, all other trail users are encouraged to start a new tradition: Kick off the New Year by hiking, cycling or horseback riding on the Sussex Branch and Paulinskill Valley Rail Trails and/or other places in Kittatinny Valley State Park on New Year’s Day on your own or with friends and family, and consider meeting up with others for a meal or snacks in the Chatterbox (Under your own steam). Whinny with the horses before they leave at 1:00 p.m., or meet them on their return at 4:00 p.m. (Please note: The horseback ride is the only organized, guided activity at this location. All other suggested activities are your responsibility and should be conducted independently)

Horseback Ride info
Easy ~ 6-10 miles (depending on weather)
Bring your own horse! Children 10 years and older with a riding adult welcome. Riding helmets are required. Bring along water and snacks..
Meeting Location: The Chatterbox Restaurant
1 State Highway 15, Augusta, NJ 07822 (corner Rt 15/206)
Registration & Cancellation
Registration is recommended.
To register and/or for more information, call, text or email Carolyn at (845)667-2015 or cmoran789@gmail.com
Cancelled if weather conditions are not safe for riding. Contact Carolyn at (845)667-2015

LIBERTY STATE PARK                                                                     Jersey City

US Flag Plaza to Caven Point Beach Walk
Liberty State Park
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Please join the Liberty State Park staff on a walk from US Flag Plaza / Park Office (200 Morris Pesin Dr.) to the Caven Point Beach. The walk will explore the manmade and natural shoreline of the Upper NY Bay, while remaining in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. We’ll explore the unique features of Caven Point Beach. Parking is free and restrooms are located at the park office. The hike is about 3 miles roundtrip. The hike surfaces are paverstone, boardwalk, and sand.

Hike Info
Easy to Moderate ~ 3 miles
All ages are welcome as are dogs on 6 ft leashes with responsible adults
Meeting Location: US Flag Plaza / Park Office
200 Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305
Registration & Cancellation
Registration is required, please email with your name, contact information (email and phone) and number of people in your party to LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Cancelled if icy/snowy weather, Check the Liberty State Park facebook page at www.facebook.com/LibertyStateParkOfficial/. We will also email people the night before it is necessary to cancel.

MONMOUTH BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK                                      Manalapan

Follow the Footsteps of Molly Pitcher

CANCELED
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Monmouth 2015
Walk the ground where Molly Pitcher fought at Monmouth! Meet Dr. David Martin, President of the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield, at the Visitor Center for an overview of the Battle of Monmouth, then drive approx. 2 miles (in your own vehicle) to the northern section of the Park, and walk along the American lines to the position of Proctor’s Artillery and other sites associated with Molly Pitcher. Finish with a visit to the likely site of Molly Pitcher’s “well.” The length of this interpretive tour is subject to change depending on weather and conditions. The tour is over open fields and hills and includes detailed information about troop movements at the Battle of Monmouth.

Hike Info
Moderate ~ 2 miles. (Slow pace, with historical interpretation. Over open fields with uneven surfaces.)
Children age 10 and over with parent/guardian are welcome. Service animals only. No restrooms along hike.
Meeting Location: Monmouth Battlefield State Park Visitor Center20 Business Rte. 33, Manalapan, NJ 07726 (About 2 miles west of Freehold Raceway Mall, Route 33 entrance)

Registration & Cancellation
Registration is recommended, but not required. For more information, email David Martin at dmartin@peddie.org
Cancelled if there’s snow, ice or rain. To check, call the Park office at 609-529-5356 on 1/1. If this number not available call Dr. Martin at 609-529-5356.

PARVIN STATE PARK                                                                      Pittsgrove

CANCELED

Parvin Historic Walk
Parvin State Park
1:00 p.m.
Hikers and walkers will take a historic tour of Parvin State Park on the east side of the lake to Fisherman's Landing and back. ADA accessible.

Hike Info
Easy~ .5 miles
Children with parents/guardians are welcome; dog friendly. Please dress appropriately and bring along snacks and water. Restrooms available.
Meeting Location: Parvin State Park
701 Parvin Mill Road. Please park in main parking lot.
Registration & Cancellation
Registration is NOT required. For more information, email parvinvolunteers@gmail.com
Cancelled if rain or snow. Please check Parvin State Park Appreciation Committee, Inc. Facebook page or Twitter.

RANCOCAS STATE PARK                                                                              Westampton
                                    
First Day Hike at Rancocas
Rancocas State Park, Westampton section
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

All 50 states sponsor hikes in their parks on January 1. Join a County Park Ranger for a looped hike from the Rancocas State Park Westampton entrance to the Rancocas Nature Center and back, and enjoy an invigorating afternoon outdoors. Enter Rancocas State Park at the state park sign on Rancocas Rd. near Irick Road. Park along the paved area.

Hike Info
Easy to moderate ~ 3 miles
Children ages 6 and up, with responsible adult, are welcome.
Service animals only. Restrooms available halfway through the hike.
Meeting Location: Rancocas State Park
Westampton main entrance, Rancocas Rd.
Registration & Cancellation
Registration is not required. For more information, please call Burlington County Parks office (609)265-5858
Cancelled if inclement weather or icy conditions. To check, call ranger cell: 609-668-5164.

RINGWOOD STATE PARK                                                                                   Ringwood

First Day Hikes
New Jersey State Botanical Gardens, Ringwood State Park    

CANCELED                                     
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Two self-guided family friendly hikes in the State Park woodlands at the NJ State Botanical Garden. Weather permitting; you can climb to the Mt. Defiance overlook on the Halifax trail and return, or choose our alternate hike without a climb. This annual event is a joint project of State Park staff and volunteers from the NJBG/Skylands Association. Meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center at NJBG between 1pm and 2pm. Map and hike directions will be provided at the start. Allow about 90 minutes for the hike.

Hike Info
Easy to moderate ~1 or 3 miles.  2 possible routes, one route is flat terrain of the Botanical Garden and one has ups and downs in the wooded areas.
Children with parents/guardians are welcome; small children may need to be carried. Service animals only.
Meeting Location: Ringwood State Park, Carriage House Visitor Center
New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Skylands Manor                                                            
Registration & Cancellation
Registration is NOT required. For more information, call (973)962-7031
Cancelled if snow or other severe weather conditions. To check, (609)218-3532 for more information.

ROUND VALLEY RECREATION AREA                                                                   Lebanon

New Year’s Hike
Round Valley Recreation Area
10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Whatever you did the night before, this is your chance to get outdoors in New Jersey and start 2018 off on the right foot. We will hike either the Cushetunk or Water Trail and look for signs of new life as the year begins.

Hike Info
Easy to moderate ~ 3 miles
Children with adults welcome, service animals only. Bring along water, snacks and binoculars.  Wear comfortable & sturdy footwear as terrain is all natural and not paved.
Meeting Location: RVRA South Lot (first right past park office)
Registration & Cancellation
Registration is REQUIRED. To register and/or for more information: Call park office (908)236-6355
Cancelled if snow or ice on the ground. We will call registered participants. If in doubt, please call the park office (908)236-6355 or Jim Tubman (908)963-0546.

SPRUCE RUN RECREATIONAL AREA                                       High Bridge

Hunterdon Iron Heritage Hike
Municipal Lot, Columbia Trail Parking, High Bridge NJ
9:00 a.m.

Join us for this point to point hike promoting the connectivity of trails directly associated with the iron industry of the Hunterdon County Highlands. The route will take us past early iron works in the state parks and adjacent lands.

Hike Info
Difficult ~ 15 miles (This is an ALL DAY event; not for beginners)
Children ages 10 and up who can hike 15 miles in the winter and are accompanied by parents/guardians are welcome. Dogs on a leash are welcome.
All participants need to be aware of the duration of the hike and prepare accordingly. Bring water, snacks and lunch, we may pass one small store on our way. Limited restrooms stops or services.
Meeting Location: Municipal Lot (Columbia Trail Parking)  
Main Street in High Bridge.  Across from the Columbia Trailhead.
Registration and Cancellation:
For More Information: Mike Helbing 908 343 8374, registration is not required.

STOKES STATE FOREST                                                                                    Sandyston

Silver Mine Hike (hike #1)
Stokes State Forest
10:00 a.m. – Noon.

Join volunteers from the Friends of Stokes State Forest and the NY NJ Trail conference for moderate hike to the Silver Mine.

Hike Info
Moderate ~ 3.5 miles
Under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Dogs on leash are welcome. Hiking boots & winter clothing recommended. Crampons may be needed if there’s snow or ice on ground. Restroom available in parking area only.
Meeting Location: Stokes State Forest Office
Kittle Field Parking lot. Enter Stokes State Forest from rte 206 onto Coursen
Road. (GPS: 1 Coursen Rd Sandyston). Pass the park office, continue 2 miles on Coursen Rd to the end. At the T, make a left. The parking lot is on your left. Heated restrooms are across the road.
Registration & Cancellation
Registration is NOT required. For More Information, please call the Stokes State Forest office 973-948-3820
Cancelled if there is heavy rain, snow or ice. For cancellation information, Until 12/31 call the Stokes State Forest office 973-948-3820.  On 1/1 check the Stokes State Forest Facebook page.

STOKES STATE FOREST                                                               Branchville                    

First Day Hike to the Tower
Stokes State Forest
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join volunteers from the Friends of Stokes State Forest and the NY NJ Trail conference for moderate to strenuous hike to the Fire Tower on the Appalachian Trail.  You won’t be disappointed by the views on this hike!

Hike Info
Moderate to Strenuous ~ 4 miles
Under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Dogs on leash are welcome. Wear sturdy footgear & weather-appropriate clothing. Crampons may be needed.  Restrooms only available in parking area.
Meeting Location: Stokes State Forest Office
Kittle Field Parking lot.  Enter Stokes State Forest from rte. 206 onto Coursen Road. (GPS: 1 Coursen Rd., Sandyston). Pass the park office, continue 2 miles on Coursen Rd to the end. At the T, make a left. The parking lot is on your left. Heated restrooms are across the road.
Registration & Cancellation
Registration is NOT required. For More Information, please call the Stokes State Forest office 973-948-3820
Cancelled if there is heavy rain, snow or ice. For cancellation information, until 12/31 call the Stokes State Forest office 973-948-3820.  On 1/1 check the Stokes State Forest Facebook page.

WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK                          Washington’s Crossing/Hopewell

From Ferry to Ferry - 100 horses, 18 cannons, and the wagons
Washington Crossing State Park/Johnson Ferry House                                               
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

A guided walk of the route taken by the "stuff" of the Continental Army on Christmas Night, 1776 across the Delaware River into New Jersey. Sights and stops include the Washington Crossing Bridge, the Nelson House, the Ferry Boat replica, the pedestrian bridge, overlook, the Stone Barn, and the Johnson Ferry House.

Hike Info
Interpretive Tour/Easy to Moderate ~ 1.2 miles
Children of 10 years and older with responsible adult are welcome. Bring cameras, binoculars, note pad, water and snack if desired. Service dogs and calm, well trained dogs on a leash welcome.
Meeting location: Begin at McKonkey's Ferry Tavern in Washington Crossing Historic Park, PA (Hike will end at Washington Crossing State Park, NJ)
Meet at The McConkey Ferry Inn on the corner of Rte. 532 and Rte. 32, Washington Crossing, PA 18977. There is some parking available on Rte. 532 just after the Inn and in other public lots nearby (within a block of the site). Coming from New Jersey, the Inn is immediately after the bridge on the right.
Registration & Cancellation
Registration is REQUIRED. To register and/or for more information, call (609)737-2515 or 609-737-0623  or email nancy.ceperley@dep.nj.gov

WATERLOO HISTORIC SITE                                                              Byram

Waterloo First Day Hike
Waterloo Historic Site
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join us at Waterloo Village Historic Site on January 1st 2018.  The annual First Day Hike at Waterloo will be different this year from the hikes we have led in the past.  We are offering a 2 mile and 4 mile trail hike option along the Morris Canal Greenway and Old Quarry Lake.  This year the hike will take place on wooded trails that will not accommodate baby strollers. 

Hike Info
Moderate~ there is a 2 or 4 mile option for participants
Children 10 and over are welcome, as are dogs on leash. There are no restrooms along the hike route.
Meeting Location: Waterloo Historic Site
Waterloo Rd, Stanhope, NJ 07874. Meet at the parking lot area
Registration and Cancellation
Registration is required, please call 973-347-1835 to register or for more information.
Cancelled for inclement weather. Participants will be called or receive a text to be notified.

WHARTON STATE FOREST/ ATSION RECREATIONAL AREA           Shamong

Atsion State Forest and Mansion Tour
Wharton State Forest/Atsion Recreation Area
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Hike is in the beautiful Pine Barrens in the Wharton SF. Great views of the Mullica River by which we will have lunch. A tour of the Atsion Mansion will be given after the hike by noted author Barbara Solem. Hike is led by Outdoor Club of NJ
Hike Info
Moderate pace ~ 6. miles
Children over 10 with parents/guardians welcome. Paths are not wheelchair accessible.
Bring lunch and beverage. No restrooms, only pit toilets.
Meeting Location: Field next to the Atsion Office 
744 US-206, Shamong, NJ 08088.
Registration & Cancellation
No registration required. For more information, email cdenneler157@yahoo.com or camperpat123@aol.com Additional info: ocsj.org. Outdoor Club of South Jersey/Meetup for any changes due to weather. (http://meetup.com/Outdoor-Club-of-South-Jersey-Hiking) Call (609)351-2789 Cancellation info: http://meetup.com/Outdoor-Club-of-South-Jersey-Hiking (or Check ocsj.org)

WHARTON STATE FOREST/ ATSION RECREATIONAL AREA                             Shamong

Historic Hampton Furnace Hike - Atsion
Wharton State Forest – Atsion Recreation Area
11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. (approx)

Join a NJ Woodland Steward on a nature hike around the historic Hampton Furnace settlement.  This 5-mile loop hike will explore beautiful natural areas deep in the heart of Wharton State Forest. See historic sites! Enjoy the beautiful scenery.  Learn about the fire dependent pitch pine ecosystem. 

Hike Info
Easy-Moderate ~ 5 miles
Children 12 and over, with responsible adult, welcome. Well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome. The are NO restrooms during hike. A restroom facility is available at the meeting area only. This is a primitive hike: expect some uneven terrain, sandy soil, walking on planks/boards, stream crossing and small hike climbing.
Meeting Location:  Atsion Office 
744 US-206, Shamong, NJ 08088. We will carpool from the meeting area to the trail head at Hampton Furnace.
Registration & Cancellation
No Fee. Pre-registration IS REQUIRED. Call (856) 767-7075 or email jhspinnaker@yahoo.com; or join the hike event on Facebook “2018 First Day Hike – Hampton Furnace”
Cancelled if gusty winds, blizzard conditions, dangerous wind-chill, hazardous road conditions such as accumulating snow or ice, torrential or heavy rains forecasted. To check, call (856) 767-7075 or the hike event on Facebook “2018 First Day Hike – Hampton Furnace”

WHARTON STATE FOREST/BASTO VILLAGE                           Washington

Batsto Mountain Bike Ride

CANCELED

Wharton State Forest
11:00 a.m.

Come join us on a guided 10-mile unpaved bike trail ride through the New Jersey Pinelands in Winter. Meet us at Batsto with your bike and be ready to go!

Bike Ride Info
Easy pace ~ 10 miles. All dirt trails. Minimum age: 13 yrs.
Bring your own bike – one that is good for dirt, sandy trails. Bring and wear a bicycle helmet, eye protection, weather-appropriate clothing for bicycle riding, bring water, snacks (and lunch if you plan to picnic at Batsto).
Meeting Location: Batsto Village Parking Lot
31 Batsto Rd. off of Hwy. Rt. 542, about 9 miles east of Hammonton
Registration & Cancellation
Registration is REQUIRED. To register and/or for more information: E-mail Gil Mika at Wharton.nature@comcast.net
Cancelled if there is a steady rain or there is accumulating or accumulated snowfall / ice of more than approximately a half of an inch. If cancelled, we’ll email registered participants.

WHARTON STATE FOREST                                                      Washington

Batsto Village Walk
Wharton State Forest
10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Start your new year with a family history walk through Batsto Village.

Hike Info
Easy ~ 1.5 miles
Families welcome (Village tracks may not be comfortable for strollers). Service animals only.
Meeting Location: Batsto Visitor Center, Wharton State Forest

Registration & Cancellation
Pre-registration is REQUIRED. To register and/or for more information: alicia.bjornson@dep.nj.gov or call (609)561-0024. Include your name, number of people in your party, a cell phone number and email address. Cancelled if icy conditions. To check, call (856)275-6975.

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For general information about First Day Hikes, email Stephanie Fox at Stephanie.Fox@dep.nj.gov

                    

 

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