Ridgewood’s Dunham Trail!

Dunham Trail Village of Ridgewood

Dunham Trail Village of Ridgewood

Welcome to Ridgewood’s Dunham Trail!

The Dunham Trail is about 1/4 of a mile (one way) and takes the hiker through an estimated 9.61 acres of deciduous forest and wooded wetlands.  The trail is named  after Dr. Dunham who was a nature consultant for the Ridgewood school district. The Dunham trail is owned by the village and maintained by the Ridgewood Wildscape Association as one of ten wildscape areas found in the village. The Ridgewood Wildscape Association helps to raise awareness for the remaining natural areas in the township.

Ho-Ho-Kus Brook

The trail is bordered by the Ho-Ho-Kus brook to the east, dense residential development to the west, Grove Street to the south and Spring Ave to the north.

The Dunham trail is flat and follows the artificial path of the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook (a tributary of the Saddle River) for its entire length and features uplands and an estimated 3.6 acres of remnant wetlands. The wetlands are found near the Grove Street entrance. Check out Eastern Deciduous Forest Ecology and Wildlife Conservation for more information on your local woods.

Some notes of interest on the trail include sandstone which was mined from Totowa, NJ which was placed alongside of the Dunham Trail for unknown reasons.

Sandstones mined from Totowa

The trail also features several massive American Sycamores that are at least two hundred years old found near the Spring Avenue entrance.

Massive American Sycamore

Other flora includes:

Trout Lily

Common Blue Violet

Indian Pipe

Indian Pipe

Check out Plant Communities of New Jersey.

NJ’s geology, topography and soil, climate, plant-plant and plant-animal relationships, and the human impact on the environment are all discussed in great detail. Twelve plant habitats are described and the authors were good enough to put in examples of where to visit!

Click here for more information!

Animals that have been observed on the Dunham Trail include:

Mallard on Ho-Ho-Kus Brook

Downy Woodpecker

The Dunham trail ends at Spring Avenue.

Ridgewood Dunham Trail

The Dunham trail is located between Grove Street and Spring Avenue along the Ho Ho Kus brook and the public service right-of-way. Parking is available on South Irving Street. My hope is this post inspires you to check out the Dunham Trail for yourself!

Check out the official Ridgewood Wildscape Youtube video of the Dunham Trail!

Feel free to e-mail NJUrbanForest at NJUrbanForest@gmail.com with any comments, memories or suggestions! Thank you and have fun exploring!

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11 responses to “Ridgewood’s Dunham Trail!”

  1. blogyblogblogblog says :

    Check out Hike Along the Dunham Trail with The Ridgewood Wildscape Association at:

    http://ridgewood.patch.com/articles/hike-along-the-dunham-trail-with-the-ridgewood-wildscape-association#video-3459912

  2. njurbanforest says :

    Thank you for the link to the Dunham Trail video! 🙂

  3. Fantasy Puppet Theater says :

    Twinney: A Kettle Pond Dating From The Ice Age

    Nestled between Red Birch Court to the southwest, Valleau Cemetery to the southeast, Franklin Turnpike to the North and a dense residential area to the south and west, lies Twinney Pond Park, a 3-ft deep kettle pond dating from the ice age.
    http://ridgewood.patch.com/articles/twinney-pond-park#video-10387221

  4. Spencer Lane says :

    I hiked (and generally enjoyed) this serene hideaway many, many times before it was named for Dr. Dunham. Our house actually overlooked the trail, at the end of Hawthorne Place. I only hope it can be preserved perpetually for others to enjoy.

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