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Kingston Greenways Association


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Photo by Greg Dobbs

This year's walk was an informal ramble along the new trail through the Cook Natural Area, blazed by KGA volunteers on National Trails Day in June. This pathway through two short wooded sections and along field borders offers pleasant views of hillside, fields and forest.

Walkers continued on over the Carter Brook Bridge--led by Doonie, our only canine participant!--which has been damaged by a falling tree, through Heathcote Meadows, and back to our starting point via the railroad right of way.

We are grateful to Greg Dobbs for his observant eye, and permission to share his photos of the afternoon:

Greg Dobbs Photos


June 6, 2015

We celebrated Trails Day by opening up a new trail in the Cook Natural Area. This is a drier path that replaces the trail that was formerly the site of the boardwalk, which became impossible to maintain because of wetness and aggressive vegetation. The new trail starts off a few hundred feet in from the Cook Area parking lot at the intersection of Ridge and Heathcote Roads. It first leads through a short wooded section, then crosses a field, passes through another shaded segment, and emerges to a path that skirts the trees along the upland edge of a large field. Some sections of the old boardwalk were reused to good purpose.

Our volunteer crew was spectacular! They cheerfully cleared trees and brush, dug postholes for the trail markers, dragged sixteen-foot, HEAVY boardwalk sections to their new locations, and one volunteer singlehandedly rescued the stone bridge from an inundation of weeds!

We invite you to walk this new stretch, and when you do, please thank the hard workers who created it!


Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Clifford Zink, award-winning historian, preservation consultant, and author, gave a presentation on the subject of his latest book, NATURAL BEAUTY: SOMERSET COUNTY PARKS. He traced the development of Somerset County’s park system from its roots in the County’s agricultural past through its evolution over nearly six decades into an organization utilizing creative public-private partnerships to preserve open space and serve more than 2,000,000 visitors and program participants annually.

Businessmen and political leaders worked tirelessly to establish the Somerset County Park Commission in 1956 by public referendum, and they adopted a visionary plan to preserve prime open space and provide excellent recreational opportunities for the public. Since that time, inspired public officials and professional staff have implemented and expanded the plan into a countywide network of 26 parks encompassing more than 13,500 acres.

Somerset County parks today include award-winning facilities like the Environmental Education and Equestrian Centers at Lord Stirling Park, the horticultural centers at Colonial Park and Leonard J. Buck Garden, the Torpey Athletic Center, and the Neshanic Valley Golf Course. The Parks also contain exceptional landscapes and natural areas like Natirar and Sourland Mountain Preserve, the largest county park in New Jersey.

To obtain a copy of NATURAL BEAUTY, please call 908 722-1200 ext. 236, or visit Somerset County Parks Commission


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