Allendale acquired the first sixty acres of the Celery Farm back in 1981 with the help of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. Eventually Allendale was able to purchase it from the NJCF using Green Acres funding. The trails are maintained via the Fyke Nature Association and its volunteers.
There are two main entrances to the Celery Farm. One is located off of Franklin Turnpike and the other is located off of the Green Way (both in Allendale).
There is an estimated 1.25 miles of flat trails to be explored in the Celery Farm. The main trail encircles Lake Appert which is the main water body in the preserve. Lake Appert is a wonderful place to look for wading ducks, egrets, herons and other wildlife including Mink and Muskrat.
There are two other bodies of water located in the Celery Farm. Phair’s Pond is found in the northwest section of the preserve near the Green Way entrance and Blue Heron Pond located in the east of the preserve.
Allendale Brook, a tributary of the Passaic River flows to the east of the preserve.
Three wildlife viewing structures have been built to scan Lake Appert for wildlife. All three may be found along the path that encircles Lake Appert.
There have been 250 estimated different species of birds identified at the Celery Farm. During my last few visits I captured the below:
The Pauline Oxnard Butterfly Garden is another hotspot to identify wildlife. It is located in the northwest corner of the main trail near the tractor.
The preserve is primarily a freshwater wetland but still includes a variety of different wetland habitat consisting of everything from Marsh to heavily forested wetland.
The Celery Farm is a peaceful respite from the ever growing development which surrounds it.