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Exploring Pompton Aquatic Park! (Passaic County Parks)


Pompton Aquatic Park Passaic County Park System

Welcome! Today’s virtual hike will take us on a journey through a preserved floodplain forest of the Pompton River, a major tributary of the Passaic River.

Our hike will be in Pompton Aquatic Park (part of the Passaic County Park System). The park runs through sections of Wayne, Pompton Lakes and Pequannock. The park is about an estimated 78 acres (with 28 acres located in Wayne and Pompton Lakes and 46 acres located in Pequannock).

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West Milford’s Wallisch Environmental Trail!


Welcome Sign

Welcome to the Wallisch Environmental Trail!!!!

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.

Wallish Environmental Trail Map

Wallish Trail Map

The trail features a man-made vernal pond and educational signage indicating the value of the surrounding wetlandsBelcher’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.

Trail

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.

Wetlands

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.

Painted Turtle

Painted Turtle

The Wallisch Nature Preserve is accessible off of Lincoln Avenue in West Milford, NJ. Parking is available on Eisenhower Drive.

Wallisch Nature Preserve West Milford NJ

Wallisch Nature Preserve West Milford NJ

Wallisch Nature Preserve West Milford Nj