Though this blog primarily focuses on NJ natural spots, it does delve occasionally in nearby NY parks most notably in Central Park. But today’s blog will delve into beautiful Sterling Forest NY via McKeages Meadow Trail. (Check out the Trail Map) The trail goes through both Warwick and Tuxedo New York.
The trail begins on the east side of Long Meadow Road via a yellow triangle blazed connecting trail from Sterling Lake Loop trail. The main blaze is yellow with a blue/green line. The trail passes through Laurel Meadow Ponds showcasing plenty of flowering lily pads.
The trail features swampland, upland and of course meadows. Indian Pipe was found just starting to sprout.
Other flora found include tons of Japanese Barberry, Red Maple, Sugar Maple, White Oak, Chestnut Oak, Spicebush, Virginia Creeper and others.
For fauna, we spotted these two friends below in the swamp area of the trail. This area floods seasonally.
It would be great to hold a meeting in this conference room in the picture below. I wonder how I can reserve it?
And remember: no promiscuous shooting while the meeting is in session!
This trail goes for about 3 miles (add another mile or so round trip if you include the connector trail) and showcases much of what makes Sterling Forest such a unique place.
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