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Reid Park Nature Trail!


Reid Park

Welcome to Reid Park!

Paramus Wetlands (location of Reid Park Nature Trail)

Paramus Wetlands (location of Reid Park Nature Trail)

Welcome to the Paramus Reid Park Interpretive Nature Trail!

Reid Park Nature Trail Sign

The nature trail, created in 2004 by Boswell Engineering, meanders about .20 of a mile through part of an estimated 59 + acres of forested wetlands. The trail stretches from the Reid Park fields and playground area to Soldier Hill Road.

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Most of the forest is under threat of development. As of this writing there was a partial clear cut in November 2009 which the borough of Paramus has since halted.

Floating Boardwalk

Two footbridges and 3 boardwalks were placed over the more saturated soil on the trail.  The boardwalks actually rise with the water level and were installed without heavy machinery.

Forested Wetlands Interpretive Signage

Forested Wetlands Interpretive Signage

Interpretive signage describing the flora & fauna found in Reid Park has been placed throughout the entire length of the trail. Most of the signs are intentionally placed next to the items they describe.

Lichen and Moss Interpretive Signage

Lichen and Moss Interpretive Signage

Lichen

Lichen

Moss

Moss

Eastern Skunk Cabbage with interpretive signage

Eastern Skunk Cabbage with interpretive signage

Others are more of a chance encounter. For example, moments after reading the below Red-Tailed Hawk sign on my last visit, there was a screech from a Red-Tailed Hawk soaring above.

Red-Tailed Hawk Interpretive Signage

Red-Tailed Hawk Interpretive Signage

Red Tail Hawk

Red Tail Hawk (a bit on the blurry side)

Flora found along the Reid Park Nature Trail includes:

Ground Pine

Ground Pine

Fauna includes the below among others:

Eastern Gray Squirrel

Eastern Gray Squirrel

Black Cap Chickadee

Black-Capped Chickadee

Red Admiral Butterfly

Red Admiral Butterfly

Reid Park is located at the end of Spencer Place in Paramus, New Jersey and is definitely worth checking out.

Directions

Route 17 to the exit for Ridgewood Avenue heading towards River Edge/Oradell (eastbound). Proceed straight and go over the Garden State Parkway (GSP). Continue past the 1st light (Pascack Rd.) and turn left into Terrace Dr (Landmark: Savnio’s Pizza). Bear right at the fork in the road, then turn left on to Spencer Pl. (1st street). The field is at the end of the street.

Exploring Glen Rock’s Diamond Brook Park!


Diamond Brook Park Sign

Sometimes just finding a forest where you would not expect one is it’s own reward. Such is the case with Diamond Brook Park in Glen Rock, NJ.

Diamond Brook Park consists of an estimated 15 acres of remnant deciduous wooded wetlands.  The park has Diamond Brook to its west, NJ Transit tracks to its east, Route 208 to its south and dense residential development to its north.

Trails

The park features three trails which are maintained by Eagle Scouts. The red trail is .4 of a mile,  the yellow is .13 of a mile and the blue trail is .21 of a mile. The yellow trail experiences seasonal flooding depending on the time of year you visit. The blue trail leads to an old railroad freight train turntable (used to rotate freight cars) which was once the largest turntable east of the Mississippi River. The freight turntable was used by the Erie Railroad Company until a fire occurred in 1912. The land was not used again for 40 years except for displaced residents who inhabited the forest during the Great Depression.  The land was sold to the town of Glen Rock in 1954 and was formally dedicated in 1959.

Trail Entrance

One of the neat things I found in this suburban forest was Ground Pine-something I had not previously seen outside the deep forest.

Ground Pine

Ground Pine Diamond Brook Park

Dense beds of Skunk Cabbage appear near Diamond Brook every spring. Black Bears, which love skunk cabbage, would have a feast. Speaking of bears, fauna that has been spotted in Diamond Brook Park include:

skunk cabbage

Skunk Cabbage Diamond Brook Park

Wetlands

Wetlands Diamond Brook Park

Diamond Brook, a tribuary of the Passaic River, flows on the western border of the park. The brook is spring fed with its headwaters located north of Glen Rock in Ridgewood. The brook follows a winding two mile course before its confluence with the Passaic River.  Diamond Brook was once called Bass Brook due to the good fishing that was once found there.  In the 1870’s, the Marinus Lumber Mill built a water wheel on the brook. When the mill was later torned down, the water wheel was buried beneath a street and is still there today.

Diamond Brook

Diamond Brook

Location

Diamond Brook Park is located at the end of Doremus Avenue and West Main Street in Glen Rock.  The park is part of Glen Rock’s Greenway.

Diamond Brook Park April 10, 2010 (149)

Feel free to comment below with any bird sightings, interesting plants, memories or suggestions! Thank you and have fun exploring!