Wallisch Environment Trail was constructed on the former Wallisch Farm property in 2008. The property is roughly 100 acres. The trail features a woodchip path through herbaceous and forested wetlands. Ramapo College of NJ developed the trail and planted 2-21/2 caliper trees as well as fruit bearing shrubs on 3 acres in response to campus development.
The trail features a man-made vernal pond and educational signage indicating the value of the surrounding wetlands. Belcher’s Creek, a major tributary to Greenwood Lake, flows to the west of the preserve and Morsetown Brook (a tributary of Belcher’s Creek) flows to the south.
The trail opened in 2009 and is a great place to learn about herbaceous and forested wetlands firsthand thanks to Ramapo College and White Environmental Services (now known as ATC as of 2019)who supervised and obtained permits for the project. Just be sure to watch out for ticks which I found to be extremely plentiful during my venture here. It’s best to stay near the center of the trail. The open wetlands are a great place for birding in addition to other wildlife watching.
Plus like any preserve, you never know what you will encounter in your explorations. I spotted this turtle below near the trail looking for a spot to lay eggs.
The Wallisch Nature Preserve is accessible off of Lincoln Avenue in West Milford, NJ. Parking is available on Eisenhower Drive.