"Charmed," For Sure LbNA # 2162
|Placed Date||Sep 29 2001|
|Found By||The Northerner|
|Last Update||Dec 6 2010|
"Charmed", For Sure...
Merrill Creek Environmental Preserve
Warren County, Washington, N.J.
Planted Sept. 29th 2001
Directions: From Phillipsburg N.J., Rt. 57 East to left on Montana Road, after 2 miles bear left at "Y" intersection, .3 miles make left on Merrill Creek Rd., then turn right towards the Merrill Creek Visitors Center parking lot.
Rated: Moderate. This is a six mile circuit hike that starts at the Visitor Center.
Time: 3-4 hours. Depends on how often you stop to "look and see". Stamp into the "Merrill Creek" letterbox as you begin the circuit. I saw the pair of Bald Eagles who call this Preserve home myself the day we were there!!! A awesome sight!
Stop in the Center and get a map if you'd like. Nice folk's inside. Find the Blue trail and head out. This trail follows the reservoir shoreline throughout much of the Preserve. An excellent trail. Pick up the Perimeter Trail (Black), there are a few rocky spots but not many. Over the foot bridge you go and then over the top of the 1st "gravel" dam. A "point" of trees ahead of you on the right, continue up the hill to the "apex" of the dirt road. You can see the Inlet/Outlet Tower on the left and ahead of you something much better....
Before the gravel begins, stand, 12 paces at 60 degrees to a rock cairn right behind the "point". Bring the box back to the dirt road and sit down and stamp in. Please replace the box in it's home carefully when done....
If you are better than lucky, and the weather permits, this "apex" is where you catch your heart in your hand...."Oh! Beautiful for spacious sky's.."A view to live for.
See Joy and her 'boxing companion "Floating Feather