Hemlock Ridge Preserve, Blairstown NJ - 146 Acres

hiking at Hemlock Ridge Preserve

Public access is provided via a hiking trail on the preserve, accessible on Frog Pond Road.  Users can parallel park on Frog Pond Road at the pull-off just beyond the start of the trail.

 

Preserve trail map

unique features

The property consists of a mature, diverse deciduous Appalachian hardwood forest with dense stands of Canadian hemlock atop limestone, and is one of the largest contiguous undeveloped tracts of forest remaining in Blairstown. The USGS Blairstown topographic quadrangle map notes the area as “Hemlock Ravine,” due to the dense stand of hemlock along Yards Creek. Rocky limestone prominences on the property give a dramatic view of the Paulinskill Valley.

history

Hemlock Ridge Preserve was acquired by purchase in 2009 using grants from the Warren County Open Space Trust Fund, the Garden State Preservation Trust, and Blairstown Township.