Mansion

Locust Grove

Historic: 
Complete: 
Yes


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NYNJTC maintained: 
0

Historic estate, museum, and nature center, Locust Grove overlooks the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Grounds and trails are open to the public.

Hiking
Dogs on leash
5 miles
200 acres
Lat/Lon: 
41.672799, -73.929416
Poughkeepsie
Dutchess
NY
Cluster/Park: 
Park

Locust Grove was the home of Samuel Morse, inventor of the commercial telegraph. The estate was subsequently owned by William and Martha Young who filled the house with an extensive collection of American decorative arts.  It is nowpreserved by a private trust as a historic site and wildlife sanctuary. The mansion is open May 1st to November 30th. The visitor center is open May 1st to December 31st.

A five-mile network of relatively short loop trails, constructed originally as carriage roads, wind through fields, woods and gardens around the mansion.  They are named and identified with wooden signs along the pathways.  Some of the trails are steep; many offer Hudson River views.

A web map link is above; printed maps are available at the estate's main entrance.  

The Estate is located on the west side of US 9 just south of Poughkeepsie.  Detailed written directions from various locations can be found using web Contact Information  — follow the tabs to “Visiting”/“Directions.”  Address for Google Maps: Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY  12601 

GPS coordinates:  41.670765, -73.928251

Dutchess County
Fees: 
Some times and places; check with park
Modified By: 
gayle edgerton
Last Update: 
02/11/2009
Park ID: 
352
eBase: 
Missing

Merestead

Historic: 
Complete: 
Yes
The mansion at Merestead Photo: Jane Daniels
NYNJTC maintained: 
1

Merestead was the working farm and estate of Margaret Sloane Patterson, daughter of William Sloane of the W & J Sloane home furnishing store. The mansion is open by reservation.

Hiking
Bridle path
X-C skiing
No dogs
3 miles
130 acres
Lat/Lon: 
41.176447, -73.704383
Mt. Kisco
Westchester
NY
Cluster/Park: 
Park

A visit to Merestead makes it obvious why it could not possibly be called Merestead Park. A 28-room Georgian Revival style brick mansion overlooks a vast expanse of lawn. Merestead (the Scottish word for farmland) is an historic home with trails through woodlands and fields. 

The trails system includes both woodland hiking trails and farm roads with some views from the farm roads at the top of the hill behind the mansion. 

From I-684, take Exit 4 (Route 172) and head west. In 1.5 miles, turn left onto Sarles Street. Continue 1.5 miles to the stop sign at Byram Lake Road. Turn left and drive for 0.4 mile. Parking is across the street from the main driveway.

No public transportation

Westchester County
Fees: 
None
Landowner: 
County
Manager: 
Westchester County Parks
Park ID: 
116
Region - Maintenance: 

Batona Trail

Complete: 
Yes


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Along the Batona Trail in Wharton State Forest - Photo credit: Daniela Wagstaff
NYNJTC maintained: 
0

A 50 mile trail that connects three state forests in the heart of the Pinelands.

Hiking
50 miles
Lat/Lon: 
39.644613, -74.646765
Hammonton
Atlantic
NJ
RegionURL: 
Cluster/Park: 
Park

Extending 49.5 miles through the heart of the Pinelands, the Batona Trail [pink] is the longest blazed hiking trail in southern New Jersey. It starts from Bass River State Forest and goes through Wharton State Forest and Brendan T. Byrne State Forest. The trail was established in 1961 by the Batona [Back to Nature] Hiking Club of Philadelphia, and it is still maintained by that group.

To pierce the genuine wilderness of the area, the Batona Trail avoids the sand roads as much as possible. Still, about 20% of the treadway is soft sand, which makes for slower-than-expected progress in parts of this mostly level trail. Good starting points for the trips on the trail are the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest headquarters and the Batsto Visitor Center. Trail maps and information may be obtained there, as well as at the Atsion Ranger Station and the Bass River Forest Office. A permit is required to camp along the trail in state forests.

 

For more information about the trail, contact Wharton State Forest, Batsto Village, 4110 Nesco Road, Hammonton, NJ  08037 [phone number below].

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The southern terminus of the Batona Trail is near the junction of French Coal Road and Stage Road, near Lake Absegami, in the Bass River State Forest. Its northern terminus is at Ong’s Hat on Magnolia Road in the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest [1.5 miles northwest of Four Mile Circle]. Click on the map tab at the top of this page for directions to these points.

Pinelands
Fees: 
None
Modified By: 
Phil McLewin
Park ID: 
257
eBase: 
Missing
Region - Maintenance: 

Welwyn Preserve County Park

Historic: 
Complete: 
Yes


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NYNJTC maintained: 
0

Located in Glen Cove on the famous "Gold Coast" of Long Island's North Shore, this lovely piece of land, at one time an estate, now offers a fine example of the tall moist hardwood forests that used to dominate the area.

Hiking
247 acres
Lat/Lon: 
40.879179, -73.641556
Glen Cove
Nassau
NY
RegionURL: 
Cluster/Park: 
Park

What is now Welwyn Preserve once belonged to Harold Irving Pratt, son of oil magnate and philanthropist Charles Pratt of the late 1800s. The estate includes a Georgian-style mansion, now used by the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, and several smaller service buildings.

The Preserve features four blazed trails that are easy to walk.  Approaching from the parking area, the path to the left of the mansion is a direct walk down hill to the beach where one can hike along the shore with views across the Long Island Sound. Trails to the right and back of the mansion are more rugged.  Trail maps are available on site.   

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From NYC take the Belt (Cross Island) Parkway to exit 30. From there go east abut 8 miles on the Long Island Expressway (Route 495) to exit 39. Go north on Glen Cove Road 6.2 miles, bearing left at a major fork near the end. Turn north (right) onto Brewster; go 0.5 mile. Turn north (left) onto Dosoris Lane; go 0.7 mile. Go left for 0.4 mile on New Woods Road. At Crescent Beach Road, proceed for about 0.1 mile to the Welwyn gate on the right. Park at the left of the main house.

GPS coordinates to park entrance (approximate):  40.878964,-73.641787

Long Island
Park ID: 
446

Thompson Park (Monmouth County)

Historic: 
Complete: 
Yes


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NYNJTC maintained: 
0

An unusually wide variety of activities are available at this park including hiking, birding, cross country sking, crafts, historic visitors center, playground, an off-leash dog area, fishing, athletics and summer theatre.

Hiking
Mountain biking
Bridle path
X-C skiing
Accessible
See park description
13 miles
667 acres
Lat/Lon: 
40.333294,-74.1408097
Lincroft
Monmouth
NJ
Cluster/Park: 
Park

This park was established in 1968 with a 215 acre bequest from Geraldine Livingston Thompson (1872-1967), a social welfare reformer and philanthropist, memorialized as a "Republican friend" of Eleanor Roosevelt. Its 667 acres has an extremely wide variety of activities, including an off leash dog area. Be sure to check the park brochure for details.

Five trails offer over 12 miles of easy hiking with circuits viewing Marlu Lake and the Swimming River Reservoir. Note that the park brochure map is reported not to be entirely accurate and that trails are not always reliably marked.

Take the Garden State Parkway South to Exit 109 (Red Bank/Lincroft). Turn left at the end of the ramp onto County Route 520 West and continue for 2.3 miles to the entrance to Thompson Park (the entrance is 0.3 mile beyond the traffic circle at the entrance to Brookdale Community College). Turn left into the park, continue past the first parking lot, and turn left into the Old Orchard parking lot.

Jersey Shore
Fees: 
Some times and places; check with park
Modified By: 
Ken Malkin
Last Update: 
01/04/2012
Park ID: 
442

Ringwood State Park

Historic: 
Complete: 
Yes


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Ringwood Manor - Photo credit: Daniel Chazin
NYNJTC maintained: 
1

Ringwood State Park features both wild lands and landscaped gardens. It consists of four distinct areas: Ringwood Manor, Skylands Manor/NJ State Botanical Garden, Shepherd Lake, and Bear Swamp Lake.

Hiking
Mountain biking
Bridle path
Accessible
Dogs on leash
50 miles
4444 acres
Lat/Lon: 
41.127276, -74.238150
Ringwood
Passaic
NJ
Cluster/Park: 
Park

Ringwood State Park features both wild lands and landscaped gardens. 

The park is named after Ringwood Manor, a large mansion containing a priceless collection of relics from the iron-making days, as well as furnishings of the Ryerson, Cooper and Hewitt families from about 1810 to 1930.  Click for more information about the manor house, including tours.

There are seven trails, most beginning around Ringwood Manor going on either side of Sloatsburg Road. Individual trails range from 1.0 to 7.3 miles.

  • Advisory: Approximately a 3/4 mile portion of the Hasenclever Iron Trail [yellow blaze] has been closed to the public in the area of Peter's Mine for a number of years. From Ringwood Manor it is approximately 1.5 miles in. There is currently no reroute, please plan accordingly. [February, 2014]

Ringwood Manor:Aside from enjoying the grounds and buildings, the Manor Trail is a relatively easy loop through the woods west of Ringwood Manor [3.0 miles; blue blaze].

  • Advisory:  The bridge over the Ringwood River at the northern trailhead of the Crossover Trail [white blaze] and Ringwood-Ramapo Trail [red on white] has been closed by the Park, as it is structurally unsound. Until a replacement bridge is built, the Crossover and Ringwood-Ramapo Trails heading east towards Skylands Manor cannot be accessed from the upper parking area at Ringwood Manor.

Skylands Manor: With perennials, annual plantings, and unusual plant species the Skylands is a place of beauty in any season. One can stroll amid the elegance of formal gardens, or along gentle paths winding through the woods. Only the Crossover Trail passes through Skylands. The Halifax Trail [green blaze] begins on the far side of the big lawn of the gardens.

Shepherd Lake: An informal trail goes around part of the lake, and the Ringwood-Ramapo Trail [red blaze] passes by the parking lot. A new orange-blazed trail starts at the dock and stays in the area.

  • Ringwood Manor - NY 17 just south of Sloatsburg, New York, via Sterling Mine Road (County 72) which becomes Sloatsburg Road when it crosses into to New Jersey, Ringwood Manor is on the right.
  • Skylands Manor & Shepherd Lake - Continue another half-mile south on Sloatsburg Road, turn left onto Morris Road [a large sign will direct you].
  • All three areas have large or multiple parking areas but Shepherd Lake can get crowded on summer weekends
  • Public Transportation: NJ Transit Bus # 197 from Port Authority Bus Terminal. Bus stop is not so near, but a walk to the park is feasible from Skylands Road.
Ramapo Mountains
Fees: 
Some times and places; check with park
Modified By: 
Maureen; Phil McLewin
Landowner: 
NJ DEP
Manager: 
NJ DEP
Park ID: 
173

Morristown National Historical Park

Complete: 
Yes
Reconstructed Revolutionary War soldier huts - Photo credit: Daniela Wagstaff
NYNJTC maintained: 
1

Site of the nation’s first national historical park.  Morristown's winter of 1779-80 was the harshest winter encampment endured by General George Washington and the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.

 

Hiking
Dogs on leash
27 miles
Lat/Lon: 
40.761964, -74.542594
Morristown
Morris
NJ
Cluster/Park: 
Park

Jockey Hollow, Fort Nonsense, the New Jersey Brigade, and the Jacob Ford Mansion were of importance during the American Revolution.  Today they are part of the Morristown National Historical Park, created in 1933 as the nation's first national historical park. The 1,600-acre Jockey Hollow Encampment Area housed 10,000 soldiers of the Continental Army during the winter of 1779-80.

Most of the hiking trails, which follow gentle grades along woods roads, are situated in the Jockey Hollow section of the park.  There are five loop trails, of varying length [1.1 to 5.3 miles] and difficulty, marked with colored blazes.  The hiking-only Patriots' Path [white] connects the Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuaries and Lewis Morris County Park to the Jockey Hollow area.  One access point to the Patriots' Path is at Cross Estate Gardens.

For trail maps follow the "Directions" link on the park's web page [under Contact Information below].

  • The Jockey Hollow Section is free; Washington's Headquarters/Jacob Ford Mansion at Morristown charges an entrance fee

 

The Jockey Hollow area is situated near  Exit 30B of I-287; Washington's Headquarters is near Exit 36 of I-287.   For map and written directions use the Contact Information below on the park's web site and follow the "Directions" link

  • Public transportation: Take NJ Transit Morris and Essex rail line from Hoboken or Penn Station in NYC to Morristown.  A taxi can be taken to the Jockey Hollow area; Washington's Headquarters is about a half mile from the train station [see park's web page for walking directions]
  • It is also possible to disembark at Convent Station to walk roughly 2 miles along the Traction Line Recreation Trail to Washington's Headquarters.
Morris County
Fees: 
Some times and places; check with park
Modified By: 
Phil McLewin
Landowner: 
NPS
Manager: 
NPS
Park ID: 
124

Van Cortlandt Park


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NYNJTC maintained: 
0
Summary: 

This loop hike passes the historic Van Cortlandt House Museum, follows the abandoned Putnam rail line and the Old Croton Aqueduct, and goes by the scenic Van Cortlandt Lake.

2 hours
Easy
3 miles
Route type: 
Circuit
Allowed on leash
Historic feature
Public Transportation
Views
Historic: 
Van Cortlandt Park
New York City
NY
Bronx
01/26/2004
03/29/2011
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 
40.889574,-73.898324
Driving: 

Take the Henry Hudson Parkway to Exit 23A (NY 9 South, Broadway) and proceed south on Broadway to 242nd Street, where the elevated rail line ends. Parking is available on Broadway north of 242nd Street (alternate-side-of-the-street restrictions).

Train: 

Take the #1 Train to the 242nd Street Station.

At the northernmost entrance to the 242nd Street station on the east side of Broadway, descend a short stairway into the park and turn left onto a wide path. After passing a restroom building on the left and green buildings that surround the park’s pool on the right, you’ll come to the Van Cortlandt House Museum (open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.). This historic stone building, built in 1748, is the oldest building in the Bronx. George Washington actually slept here!

Reference/Source: 
Bergen Record: Hike of the Week

Tenafly Nature Center Loop #1


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Boardwalk Along the De Filippi Trail - Tenafly Nature Center - Photo credit: Trail Conference
NYNJTC maintained: 
1
Summary: 

This loop hike circles this nature preserve, passing a glacial erratic and an interesting pond.

3 hours
Easy
4 miles
Route type: 
Circuit
No Dogs
Historic feature
Woods
Tenafly Nature Center
Historic: 
Palisades
NJ
Bergen
108 Hudson Palisades Trails
10/17/2002
02/21/2013
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 
40.9247,-73.945069
Driving: 

Take U.S. Route 9W to the traffic light at East Clinton Avenue in Tenafly. Proceed west on East Clinton Avenue for 1.7 miles and turn right onto Engle Street . Continue on Engle Street until it ends at a T intersection with Hudson Avenue . Turn right and follow Hudson Avenue to its end at the nature center, where parking is available

Stop at the visitor center to obtain a trail map, then proceed ahead on the Main Trail, a wide dirt road which is the continuation of Hudson Avenue. In about 300 feet, turn right onto the Red Trail (blazed with red triangles), which proceeds south. After several turns, the trail begins to follow along a stream.

Reference/Source: 
Bergen Record: Hike of the Week
HOTW Date: 
Thu, 02/28/2013
HOTW Count: 
1

Ringwood-Ramapo/Blue/Crossover Trails Loop from Skylands Manor

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NYNJTC maintained: 
1
Summary: 

This loop hike traverses remote, less-visited areas of the park, mostly along gently-graded carriage roads, passing several panoramic viewpoints and scenic Gatum Pond.

5 hours
Moderate
9 miles
Route type: 
Circuit
Allowed on leash
Historic feature
Fees
Views
Historic: 
Ringwood State Park
Ramapo Mountains
NJ
Passaic
115 North Jersey Trails East
01/28/2005
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 
41.127009,-74.240001
Driving: 

Take Interstate Route 287 to Exit 57 and proceed north on Skyline Drive. At the end of Skyline Drive, turn right and follow Greenwood Lake Turnpike north for 1.5 miles to Sloatsburg Road. Turn right and follow Sloatsburg Road for 2.1 miles to Morris Avenue, then turn right and follow Morris Avenue for 1.4 miles to its end at the Skylands Manor section of Ringwood State Park. Pass between two stone eagles and turn left into Parking Lot A. During the summer season, a parking fee may be charged.

From the parking area, turn left onto a paved park road, the route of the white-blazed Crossover Trail. The trail proceeds through the grounds of Skylands Manor, which feature various exotic trees. You'll pass to the right of a greenhouse and an English Tudor guest house with a sundial clock on its chimney.

Reference/Source: 
Bergen Record: Hike of the Week