Join RVC Vice President George Schaberg and Executive Director Susi Tilley for the August "Hike of the Month" through Dark Moon Preserve. We will meet at trail head at 10:00 am. Sign up here.
Directions to parking area: Travel North on County Route 519 from Blairstown. Watch the mile markers for marker 157 - the parking area is immediately on right, just south of the intersection of 519 and Hibler Road.
The 85-acre preserve consists of both fields and forest. The land was targeted for protection because the farm fields were vulnerable to development, and because it contains limestone rock exposures hosting rare plants, a pristine State Category One stream — Bear Brook — and an important archaeological site, the Dark Moon Site. The Site holds the remnants of a small Minisink settlement that is about 600 years old, dating to what is known as the Late Woodland Period. Archaeological digs uncovered numerous pottery shards, along with post holes that are the evidence of five separate lodges on the site. The Dark Moon Site appears to have been occupied seasonally, and there is evidence that is was abandoned abruptly, perhaps due to conquest of its occupiers by another tribe.