Black Rat Snake at Stokes State Forest

Black Rat Snake
Stokes State Forest
Sussex County NJ
April 2021

This snake all but ignored me while I snapped away with my wide angle lens. Don’t try this with rattlesnakes.

Shawangunk Outcrops at High Point State Park

Shawangunk Outcrops

High Point State Park

Sussex County NJ


04.22.21

The brisk temperatures in northernmost New Jersey kept away the park visitors at High Point. I even spotted a few snow flurries during my visit.

Winter Wildlife at Splitrock Reservoir

Winter Wildlife at Splitrock Reservoir

January 2021
Morris County, New Jersey

A distant Common Loon and a pair of courting Bald Eagles were the highlights of an afternoon walk near Rockaway Township NJ.

Visit Splitrock Reservoir – https://www.rockawaytownship.org/facilities/facility/details/Splitrock-Reservoir-9

Rattlesnake Marsh in Winter – Tourne County Park NJ

Rattlesnake Marsh in Winter

Tourne County Park
Morris County, New Jersey

We had a scenic but shallow blanket of fresh powder this morning.

FYI – This area is titled as “Rattlesnake Meadow” on the Tourne hiking map. A title that likely precedes damming and flooding by local beavers.

Explore Tourne County Park – https://www.morrisparks.net/index.php/parks/tourne-county-park

Hiking Cataract Park in Long Valley NJ

Hiking Cataract Park in Long Valley NJ

In this video we take a short but steep and scenic hike in Washington Township in western Morris County New Jersey. Cataract Park’s wooded trails lead to cascading waterfalls and a cave that was once known as Young’s Mine.

Plan your visit to Cataract Park – https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-jersey/cataract-park-red-trail

Find parking for Cataract Park –
https://goo.gl/maps/c6d25pTskeGdG7WaA

Hiking Gnome Hollow Preserve in Warren County NJ

In this New Jersey park tour video I explore the trail network at Gnome Hollow Preserve located in Frelinghuysen Township. After parking on Stillwater Road I pass beyond a former Christmas Tree Grove, unique rock formations, and of course GNOMES!


Learn more about Ridge & Valley Conservancy and plan your visit to Gnome Hollow Preserve – http://www.ridgeandvalleyconservancy.org/gnomehollowpreserve
Navigate to the preserve via Google Maps – https://goo.gl/maps/PGNWTz82c9xoVLhu8

Nature Walk at Turkey Brook Park in Mount Olive

Nature Walk at Turkey Brook Park in Mount Olive

In this video we take a leisurely walk to Maier’s Pond and pass through scenic meadows and woodlands. Turkey Brook Park in Mount Olive is not only home to sport facility but also birds and beavers.

Plan your visit to Turkey Brook Park – https://www.mountolivetwpnj.org/parks-buildings-grounds/pages/turkey-brook-park

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Beginner’s Nature Walk at Cheesequake State Park

Beginner’s Nature Walk at Cheesequake State Park

With easy highway access from the Garden State Parkway, Cheesequake is a great stop in Central Jersey for birdwatching, nature photography, hiking, and biking. In this short video I explore the surroundings of scenic Hooks Creek Lake.

Plan your visit to Cheesequake State Park in Old Bridge NJ – https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/cheesequake.html

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Waterfall and Vista Hike at Schooley’s Mountain

Waterfall and Vista Hike at Schooley’s Mountain

Waterfall and Vista Hike at Schooley’s Mountain

Schooley’s Mountain County Park
Washington Township, NJ

On this narrated hike I take the blue trail to the white trail to reach the picturesque waterfalls and overlook at Schooley’s Mountain. I also pause to admire The Boathouse, Lake George, The Lodge, and Loree Chapel.

Plan your visit to Schooley’s Mountain – https://www.morrisparks.net/index.php/parks/schooleys-mountain-county-park/

Set your GPS to the main parking lot – https://goo.gl/maps/PizoqETUDGy3R2p19