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Roxbury’s Trails Ready for Fall

Now is the time to visit your favorite Roxbury trail; then branch out and visit a trail you’ve never been on. The Roxbury Trails Committee has been hard at work clearing away all damage and overgrowth from the summer season, and all the trails look great! Check out the gallery below with pics from the…

Black River Park Trails Available for Adoption

The Roxbury Trails Committee is looking for a person or group to walk these trails each season, which is a perfect way to give back to the community while enjoying a walk through nature. These trails are easily maintained; it’s a level walk totaling one mile. The trails follow streams and the Black River Pond,…

Ledgewood/Morris Canal Park Trails Closed

Improvements to the Ledgewood Pond Dam are scheduled to begin Monday, March 14, 2022, and Ledgewood/Morris Canal Park will be closed for about three months. The work will take place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays, with no work taking place on weekends. The area will stay off-limits; hopefully the park will reopen…

Improving Black River Park

Alex Doty, an Eagle Scout of Roxbury Boy Scout Troop 159 in Succasunna, has installed a wooden boardwalk on the Blue Trail at Black River Park in Roxbury with the help of family and Troop 159 scouts. This new addition carries the hiker over a section of the trail that is often wet and muddy,…

Best Places to Hike in Roxbury

Members of the Trails Committee will give an overview of Black River Park, Horseshoe Lake Park’s bike path connection to West Morris Greenway, Ice Age Trail at Orben Park, Ledgewood Park/Morris Canal Park, Riggs Trail, and Veterans Park.  Review will also include hiking best practices, and which trails are best for beginners and for the…

Kayaking in Roxbury

Did you know that kayaks, canoes and rowboats are allowed at Black River Pond in Roxbury? To make it even more enticing, a future Eagle Scout has installed a dock to easily launch your watercraft from the shoreline. Corey Smith completed his Eagle Scout Project on Saturday, October 3, 2020. The kayak launch dock is…

Bear Season

Fall is a great time to hike the trails and enjoy the foliage show, but be aware that there are bears in the forested areas of Roxbury. To avoid an encounter with a bear: Do not feed or approach the bear! Bears are wild animals and their behavior can be unpredictable.Remain calm and make the…

Roxbury’s Adopt-a-Trail Program

Having a favorite trail in town to hike can feel like a wonderful getaway close to home. When your piece of solitude is broken by trash or damage, you may feel like restoring it to its pristine, natural condition. A perfect solution is to Adopt-A-Trail! Available trails are: Veterans Park Yellow TrailVeterans Park Green TrailVeterans…

Veterans Park’s Red Trail Redone

If you are looking for a great way to spend an afternoon, visit the Red Trail at Veterans Park. It’s part of a greater loop, including the blue and yellow trails; the whole loop is 2.5 miles in length. Park at 40 Conkling Road in Ledgewood and start on the blue trail. Once you are…

Hike With a View

A less-traveled trail in Roxbury, the Yellow Trail in Veterans Park offers a great view of the Succasunna Valley. Parking for this trail is 45 Patricia Drive in Flanders. This trail is a loop, and includes part of the Blue Trail. Start at the kiosk where the blue trail begins, and cross over the easement…

Crowd-less Hike

Yesterday we hiked on the Ice Age Trail, which is located at 9 Orben Drive in Landing. It’s a 1.3 mile trail, which will give a beginner hiker a good workout. It’s a steep but short well-marked hike which takes a hiker up to the ridgeline, with views on either side. It’s a nice hike…

Spring Hike

A perfect secret of a hike that gets you outside without other people is Veteran Park’s Green Trail. it’s a loop trail that is 1.3 miles in length, and is fairly level; a great trail for someone just looking for a stroll in the forest. Drive up Mooney Mountain to Patricia Drive. Once you enter…

Ledgewood/Morris Canal Park Yellow Trail

Today was a beautiful day to walk this trail, located right by where Emmans Road and Mountain Road meet. Park in the lower lot, and take a moment to enjoy the view of the Ledgewood Basin. There’s an accessible wooden ramp/platform to fish from. Walk straight up the Morris Canal’s incline plane, and take a…

Roxbury's Black River Park Trail

A great local trail to visit with kids is Black River Park Trail, located right behind Suburban Furniture. There’s a short loop trail which guides you along the pond, cross a bridge, and walk along the stream. On the left you will see a blue blazed trail; you wind around and cross the stream on…

Fresh Air

These last couple of weeks have been pretty scary for all of us. Our main goal is to keep our family, friends and neighbors safe, and to be sure that we have enough TP. (At this point, I think we all do!) For some of us, it’s rough being inside all day, but it is…

Prevent Lyme Disease!

Wear repellent.  Use a repellent with 20% DEET.  Also, clothing treated with Permethrin kills ticks.  Check for ticks daily.  Check for ticks on you and your children.  Ticks like to hide in folds of skin   and in the hair.  Check your pets too! Shower soon after being outdoors.  Shower after being outdoors to remove ticks. …