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 another bridge, and wind up seeing a line of cedar trees. Follow them to head back to the parking area.

If you want a longer hike, once you follow the yellow trail to the end, go right and cross the stream. You will find yourself in ‘the sandpits’, a spot that makes you feel far away from home. It’s nestled between Mine Hill’s Sunset Lake and Randolph Lake. Walk between the two lakes with power lines above your head; at the end of the sandpits, stay to the left and walk along the bank of Sunset Lake. Once you wind up by Mine HIll’s beach, look to the right to see the start of Mine Hill’s orange trail. Check out the map below of the Mine Hill Trails. Stay healthy!

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 absolutely imperative that we practice social distancing. There is a way to get out without jeopardizing our health; in fact, some fresh air and exercise can do us some good.

Visit the trails near you. Roxbury has trails in Veterans Park, Ice Age Park, Black River Park, Ledgewood/Morris Canal Park, and Riggs Park. There’s also a beautiful, wide trail off of Horseshoe Lake called the West Morris Greenway, which is wide enough to accommodate social distancing and still walk side by side. Check out the pages on this site for parking, trail descriptions and maps.

Wednesday my friend and I hiked the blue trail at Veterans Park, and here’s some pics from our visit:

Most of this trail is wide enough to walk side by side and still maintain social distancing. Use these images for a scavenger hunt! It’s a great trail for kids too.

Let’s take our coronavirus lemons, and make lemonade by exploring nature in our area. Thanks for reading!

~ Sandie

Register to Clean Up Black River Park!

Join the Environmental Committee and Trails Committee to clean up this beautiful, scenic park. Ramsey Outdoor will be there with canoes for residents to use, to help collect trash from the pond’s banks. Register for Saturday, April 13th, 9am-12pm, at Black River Park, 1 Main Street, Succasunna. Help to keep these waters trash-free! Register by April 1st to be guaranteed clean-up supplies. Registration is at https://www.raritanheadwaters.org/stream-cleanup2019 Stream Cleanup Flyer. To register a group of 15+ people, please email Jackie at jmvitiello@optonline.net. Sponsored by the Raritan Headwaters Association.

2019 Stream Cleanup Flyer

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.  Tumble clothes     in a hot dryer to kill hidden ticks.

Call your doctor if you get a fever or rash.  A Lyme disease rash may appear within 3 – 30 days,      followed by fever, muscle and joint pain, or fatigue.

For further information please visit these websites:
www.cdc.gov/lyme

www.morris.njaes.rutgers.edu/

www.health.morriscountynj.gov/public/disease/lyme/

Register to Clean Up Black River Park!

Stream Clean-Up at Black River Park

Join the Environmental Committee and Trails Committee to clean up this beautiful, scenic park. Ramsey Outdoor will be there with canoes for residents to use, to help collect trash from the pond’s banks. Register for Saturday, April 22nd, 9am-12pm, at lack River Park, Main Street, Succasunna. Help to keep these waters trash-free! Register by April 4th to be guaranteed clean-up supplies. Registration is at www.raritanheadwaters.org. To register a group of 15+ people, please email Jackie at jmvitiello@optonline.net. Sponsored by the Raritan Headwaters Association.

Hit the Trails This Season!

Winter is the best time to take a hike… It’s a great time to dress warm and set out under clear blue skies and enjoy the peacefulness of the outdoors. Without the foliage on the trees, the views are great! Some trails with views of distant peaks are the Ice Age Trail, and  Ledgewood Park’s yellow trail. A visit to Veterans Park’s green or yellow trail will afford gorgeous views of the Succasunna Valley.

Special thanks to Boy Scout Troop 163 and the Roxbury Trails Committee for a day cleaning up the trails at Ledgewood/Morris Canal Park on November 12th!

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