Lake Henry Trail in Continental Soldiers Park (Mahwah,...

Continental Soldiers Field

Bridge along the Lake Henry Trail - Continental Soldiers Field - Photo credit: Jeremy Apgar Bridge along the Lake Henry Trail - Continental Soldiers Field - Photo credit: Jeremy Apgar Lake Henry - Continental Soldiers Field - Photo credit: Jeremy Apgar Lake Henry - Continental Soldiers Field - Photo credit: Jeremy Apgar

This easy loop hike circles Lake Henry.

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This easy, nearly level, one-mile loop hike circles Lake Henry, which is frequented by several species of waterfowl, including swans, geese, cormorants and egrets. The lake is named for Henry O. Havemeyer, the dominant figure in the sugar refining business in the late nineteenth century, who had a home nearby.

The hike begins near a kiosk (with a map) in the northwest corner of the...

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July 19, 2010
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Hike extension

Those wishing to extend the hike can continue into the open field at the "Drinking Water" sign [it's about the watershed, not a spot to draw drinking water], proceed towards the well housing, cross Halifax Road into a fisherman's parking lot and dirt road, then beyond a rock barrier into another grassy field that has a wide mowed path. Along the way there are several access points to the river, and during the summer, because it's a fertile floodplain, the plants surrounding the path are so high as to provide a feeling of total isolation. When the path divides at the end of the field -- about one-third mile from the "Drinking Water" sign -- the left fork goes over a berm and narrows quickly leading to a [nameless] lake, or perhaps it's an eddy in the Ramapo River, and ends abruptly. It's a pleasant spot to linger. For those not wanting to re-trace steps back to Lake Henry, the other fork leads in one-quarter mile to a cul-de-sac at Washington Lane, following it "T's" into Halifax Road, a right turn onto Halifax goes back to the well housing on the left with Lake Henry in sight.


Map showing features of hike extension [tabs may load slowly].

Phil McLewin
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