Schedule for February 2019                                     IHC home page

Sunday      February 3, 2019           Johnson Park to Rutgers Ecological Preserve            Moderate

We will hike 6.5 miles in Rutgers Ecological Preserve which is bigger and much hillier than you might think. In addition, we will go outside the preserve exploring Livingston Campus and buildings that remain from old Camp Kilmer.

Leader:   Guy & Jen Percival  973-590-7437               [email protected]

Meet: 9:30 AM       Johnson Park Rd (Rt-807) Highland Park, NJ 08904

From I-287 Exit 9 (River Rd toward Highland Park):  Take River road R-622 4.6 mi towards Highland Park, NJ. Make a right when you reach Light at Cedar Lane into Johnson Park Road which is Rt-807. Proceed clockwise to the first parking lot.  GPS (40.5053, -74.4443)


Sunday      February 10, 2019         Old Vliet Road Hiking Trail                        Strenuous

This hike is 10 miles from Old Vliet to Griggstown Native Grassland Preserve. Hilly with a number of water crossings. Seems remote considering it is right next to Kendall Park subdivision. Will do an out and back. No shuttle needed.

Leader:   Guy & Jen Percival  973-590-7437               [email protected]

Meet: 9:30 AM       903 Old Vliet Rd, Franklin Park, NJ 08823

From I-287 Exit 10 (Rt-527, Easton Ave): Exit towards New Brunswick and proceed on Easton 0.25 mi and turn onto Cedar Grove Lane and then go 3.2 miles south. Use the left two lanes to turn left onto Amwell road proceed 0.8 miles. Turn right onto South Middlebush go 4.3 miles. Look for small gravel parking lot and hiking sign on your right. GPS (40.4403, -74.5589)


Sunday      February 17, 2019               Duke Farms                  Moderately Strenuous

We'll hike the around the whole Duke Farms estate north of the South Gate. See the seven lakes with frozen waterfalls. The foundation of an unfinished mansion, and lovely orchids in a Greenhouse you can warm up in!                 

Leader: Alastair MacLennan   973-449-4696               [email protected]                                                 

Meet:  9:30 AM      Duke Farm's Visitor Center, 1112 Duke Parkway West, Hillsborough, NJ 08844

From 1-287 South Exit 17, (Rt-202/206 South): Drive 1.5 mi to split of Rts-202/206. Take Rt-206 South 2.2 mi, and then turn right onto Dukes Parkway West. Drive mi to Visitor Center Parking lot on left. Turn in and go 200 ft to the first turnoff on right. After turning in, go straight ahead to parking lot. GPS (40.5463, -74.6243)


Sunday      February 24, 2019               Kingston Trails                         Moderate

Starting at one of the historic D&R locks we will hike about 6 miles, using the Delaware & Raritan tow path along Lake Carnegie and then into Heathcote meadows. See the historic nursery buildings at Princeton Nurseries. Also, view an old bridge in the Cook natural area from 1850.

Leader:   Guy & Jen Percival  973-590-7437               [email protected]

Meet: 9:30 a.m. D&R Canal Parking, Old Kingston, 5 Old Lincoln Hwy, Princeton, NJ 08540

From I-287 Exit 17 R-206 south: Take Rt-206 south through the Somerville Circle about 14 miles to CR-518/Georgetown and Franklin Turnpike. Turn left toward Rocky Hill and continue to follow CR-518 (Washington St.) 1.2 mi. through town to light. Turn right at CR-603/Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd/Laurel Ave, continue 1.9 mi to light at Rt-27. Turn right and proceed 0.1 miles downhill to make a left (on a side road) into the Kingston D&R Canal Boat basin parking lot. If you cross the Millstone river you have gone too far. GPS (40.3741, -74.6188)

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