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Sterling Forest’s McKeages Meadow Trail!

Though this blog primarily focuses on NJ natural spots, it does delve occasionally in nearby NY parks most notably in Central Park.  But today’s blog will delve into beautiful Sterling Forest NY via the 2.75 mile McKeages Meadow Trail.

MM Trail Map

The trail map above was taken from the NY State Parks website.

The trail goes through both Warwick and Tuxedo Park, New York.

McKeages Meadow

Sign for McKeages Meadow Connector

The trail begins on the east side of Long Meadow Road via a yellow triangle blazed connecting trail from Sterling Lake Loop trail.  The main blaze is yellow with a blue/green line. The trail passes through Laurel Meadow Ponds showcasing plenty of flowering lily pads.

Lily Pads

Lily Pad Flowers

The trail features swampland, upland and of course meadows. Indian Pipe was found just starting to sprout.

Indian Pipe

Indian Pipe just starting to sprout

Other flora found include tons of Japanese Barberry (an invasive speciesRed Maple, Sugar Maple, White Oak, Chestnut Oak, Spicebush, Virginia Creeper and others.

For fauna, we spot a Green Frog and a Common Whitetail Dragonfly i below in the swamp area of the trail. This area floods seasonally.

White Tail Dragon Fly with Bullfrog

White Trail Dragon Fly with Mr. Bullfrog

It would be great to hold a meeting in this conference room in the picture below. I wonder how we can reserve it?

Meeting Table

The Forest Conference Room

As we walk, we see a sign reminding us that hunting is not allowed.

Target or Promiscuous Shooting Not Permitted

No Promiscuous shooting allowed!

This trail goes for about 3 miles (add another mile or so round trip if you include the connector trail) and showcases much of what makes Sterling Forest State Park such a unique place.

Bull Frog


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

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Churchill Nature Preserve in Tenafly!

If you are into nature and live in Bergen County chances are you might have visited the Tenafly Nature Center and Lost Brook Preserve. But have you visited Tenafly‘s 8 acre Churchill Nature Preserve?

Churchill Street Nature Preserve Entrance Sign

Map of the Churchill Nature Preserve

Map of the Churchill Nature Preserve


The Churchill Nature Preserves provides a wonderful opportunity for birding and nature study in a small suburban woodland. The trail head (a blue blaze) begins near the main entrance on Churchill Road.



The blue trail completes a loop around the entire nature preserve and is maintained by a local Boy Scout troop.  Signs have been placed to inform the hiker of the various flora and fauna that may be found in the preserve. The blue trail contains two bridges and one stream crossing. The stream is a tributary of Overpeck Creek, which in turn is a tributary to the Hackensack River.

Overpeck Creek Tributary


Churchill Nature Preserve contains diverse flora including:

Three benches have been placed throughout the preserve and are perfect to take a seat to bird watch and look for other wildlife.



This little preserve is the perfect place to get a quick fix of nature when you are short on time.

Click here for directions!

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

Hackensack’s Borg’s Woods “A Living Museum”

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