Holmdel Park LbNA # 6052
|Placed Date||Oct 13 2003|
Originally planted by: Martian Maggot
Holmdel Park is a popular location for active recreation and nature appreciation. This park features Historic Longstreet Farm, the David C. Shaw Arboretum, fishing, picnic areas, 4 tennis courts, 2 playgrounds, ice skating, sledding and 10 miles of trails - including a 1/2 mile paved loop linking the Pond View and Forest Edge areas of the park with group picnic faciliites and playgrounds.
First, pick up a trail map if available at the main building near the farm area.
Then, drive north down Longstreet Road to the Activity Center parking lot. This lot is open from 8-4 daily.
This box is a rather pleasant two mile stroll through a mixture or habitats.
Start at the actual parking area for the Activity Center. Cross straight across the middle of the field, past the white birdhouses, to the start of the trail on the other side. Follow this trail down some switchbacks to a bridge and the start of the boardwalk. When the boardwalk splits, head left. Do not cross over the next two bridges, but proceed back to the boardwalk. After a rainfall, this area has tons of frogs, so watch your step!
Head the direction the next plastic arrow is pointing. When you reach the "You are here" sign, take the trail at 280 degrees. You'll go uphill, to a well decorated beech on your right. Here, take the trail downhill. After a while, you'll come to a bridge - don't take it. Instead, start heading uphill.
When you reach the top of the hill, follow the gravel path along the treeline at 160 degrees. Head back into the woods at #20. At #26, head east. When you reach the fence, follow the trail at 42 degrees.
At the top of the hill, the pine trees end, and you'll see a two trunked maple on your right. From there, 22 paces at 256 degrees will bring you to a slanted tree. Then 7 paces at 214 degrees will bring you to the box, next to a tree and along side the remnants of a stump that used to contain the box until the stump decayed away.