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

Click Here to check out the latest bird sightings on the Dunham Trail!

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Teaneck’s Matthew Feldman Nature Preserve!


The Matthew Feldman Nature Preserve is located in Teaneck, New Jersey and consists of 14.9 acres of deciduous wooded wetlands and upland habitat.   The preserve is bordered by Roemer Avenue to the north and dense residential development to the east, west and south.

Matthew Feldman Nature Preserve

The Matthew Feldman Nature Preserve was once called Roemer woods due to its proximity to Roemer Avenue. The preserve was targeted for single family homes construction to bring in tax ratables for Teaneck.  The construction of the homes never materialized. Four acres of woods were sold to the North Teaneck Synagogue Association which constructed a Synagogue there in 1992.

In 2009 I decided to take a trip to the 14.9 Acre Matthew Feldman Nature Preserve in Teaneck. I had read that there was a trail called the Thomas Condit Instructive Nature Trail.

It took two separate trips before I finally located what appears to be the Thomas Condit nature trail. On the first attempt, I parked my car on Winthrop Road and walked to River Road up to Roemer Avenue but could not find a trail leading into the forest.

After researching online I discovered that the entrance to the trails is located off of Winthrop Road where I had parked my car. Looking at the map on the internet at home I realized I had parked too close to River Road to have seen the trail entrance. I drove back to Winthrop Road and found a sidewalk with a Thomas Condit Trail sign leading into the woods.

The Thomas Condit trail consists of a cement/boardwalk path leading from Winthrop Road to the Congregation Keter Torah. There does not appear to be any description or instructive information present on this pathway.

But that’s ok because according to the 2008 Township of Teaneck Comprehensive Plan for Recreation (this plan is no longer available online) a 1/2 mile trail is planned for the preserve. So maybe that will happen in the near future?

Matthew Feldman Nature Preserve Proposed Half Mile Nature Trail (in yellow)

In the meantime take a look at some pictures of this cool place!

A Bamboo Forest?
A new looking shoe

Ouch!

3.10.10 Central Park Visit


My usual walk at NYC Central Park involves doing a loop at the Pond. Recently I’ve been searching the nearby Hallett Nature Sanctuary (through the fence) for signs of the Central Park Coyote.

So far I have not seen it probably because it is nocturnal and sleeping away.  However, I’ve seen plenty of these blooming.

I have no idea what these flowers are called or if they are native (which I am guessing they probably are not). In addition, I saw a forsythia bush in bloom. (I originally thought it was a vine)

Plus the teenage mutant ninja turtles were out.

He is mean and green.

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