Enjoy fall colors at Apshawa Preserve hike

| 11 Oct 2012 | 12:58

— If you enjoy rugged mountain rambles, join New Jersey Conservation Foundation on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10:30 a.m. for a guided hike at the Apshawa Preserve in West Milford during the peak of the fall foliage season.
Ingrid Vandegaer, Highlands regional manager for New Jersey Conservation Foundation, will lead the vigorous two-hour trek along Apshawa’s steep and winding trails.
Starting from the trailhead off Macopin Road, the group will hike past rocky outcrops to a picturesque pond along the Apshawa Brook. One interesting sight along the way is the remains of water purification structures from the early 1900s, when the Butler Reservoir in the center of the preserve was a major drinking water supply source.
Hike participants must be fit enough to walk up and down hills at an energetic pace, covering two to three miles. Hikers should wear sturdy boots or walking shoes and bring water and snacks. The Apshawa Preserve contains many scenic vistas, so be sure to pack binoculars and cameras as well.
The cost of the hike is $5 per person, payable in advance. To register and pay online, go to https://donate.njconservation.org/apshawa-fall-hike. For more information, contact Carol Banhart at carol@njconservation.org or 908-234-1225.
The hike is part of New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s “Step Into Nature” series of walks, talks and outdoor activities. For a full listing of programs, go to www.njconservation.org/njcfevents.cfm.
The Apshawa Preserve is a 576-acre natural area preserved and jointly managed by New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Passaic County.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve land and natural resources throughout New Jersey for the benefit of all. Since its inception, the Foundation has protected more than 120,000 acres of open space, farmland and parks. For more information about New Jersey Conservation Foundation and its programs and preserves, visit www.njconservation.org or call 1-888-LANDSAVE (888-526-3728).