Walk Your Dog at Bass River and Hike the Franklin Parker Preserve

Oct 09, 2017

Volunteer Master Naturalist Kathy Gardiner invites you to bring your pooch along on a 3- to 5-mile hike to view the fall colors at Bass River State Forest on Saturday, Oct. 14. Hikers without dogs are welcome as well.

Meet by 10 a.m. at the Forest Office parking lot at 762 Stage Rd. Bring lunch and water. Dogs must be on a leash at all times; severe weather cancels. The hike ends by noon. The walk is free, but donations are welcome. There is a limit of 15 dogs, so register by calling the Bass River State Forest Office at 609-296-1114 or Gardiner at 609-296-6574.  You can also find information on the N.J. Division of Parks and Forestry website njparksandforests.org.

Make plans to drive to the Franklin Parker Preserve near Chatsworth on Wednesday, Oct. 18, for a Walk in the Woods 7-mile hike, also led by Gardiner.

The Franklin Parker Preserve is over 10,000 acres in Woodland Township, Burlington County, that is administered by the N.J. Conservation Foundation. This former cranberry farm is a rare ecological treasure of wetlands and forests that provide critical habitat to more than 50 rare, threatened or endangered species.

Meet Gardiner at the Franklin Parker Preserve (Red Trail) by 9 a.m. The hike is on mostly flat ground. Bring lunch and drink. Severe weather cancels.

Upcoming walks are scheduled on Nov. 4 (Memorial Walk for George Morgan) and Nov. 8 (Wednesday Walk).

Register and get questions answered by calling Gardiner at 609-296-6574 or 609-405-0360. You can also find information at njparksandforests.org. —P.J.

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