Stony Brook - Four Seasons
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This family-friendly cache is located on the Reserve of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association in Hopewell Township. Park in the main parking area off Titus Mill Road entrance. This cache is accessed via the Four Seasons Trail, directly adjacent to the parking area. Trail head located at N 40 21.094 W 074 46.344.
The Watershed Reserve is open most days, dusk to dawn. It is closed for deer management briefly in the winter. The 930-acre nature reserve is home to the Buttinger Nature Center, the Kate Gorrie Memorial Butterfly House, the Honey Brook Organic Farm, the Buttinger Nature Center and almost 14 miles of trails. There are a diversity of habitats including meadows, forests, wetlands, a small pond, streams and the Stony Brook. The reserve harbors a rich assortment of wildlife and plant life. Deer are abundant and other common mammals include meadow voles, shrews, bats, raccoon, skunk, opossum, red fox, squirrels and flying squirrels. Habitat diversity makes this an ideal place for birdwatching – watch for grassland species in the new grasslands, ducks at the pond, as well as herons, hawks, and owls, and much more. The Stony Brook offers some great scenery and wildlife watching opportunities. Check out the large beech trees. Visit (visit link) for more information.
Please utilize the trails to access this cache. The Four Seasons Trail offers the easiest access to the Stony Brook. This cache requires about a one mile round-trip walk, slightly longer if you continue (RECOMMENDED) to the Stony Brook. The cache is less than 50’ from the trail and is surrounded by a chaotic tree fall from storms in March 2010. This is a tough area for signal reception, just keep at it and check the hint if you are stuck.
Watch for a new series of caches here, carefully placed to help introduce you to the Reserve and to avoid sensitive habitats, teaching areas and research plots. Access this cache from the main parking area off Titus Mill Road @.- N 40 25.002 W 074 39.724. Please visit other caches on the Watershed Association’s reserve:
Main Reserve –
Stony Brook - P.S. GC1F0YW (visit link)
Mount Rose Reserve (Park at these coordinates N40 22.042 W074 46.209) –
Rocky Too GCHOR4 (visit link)
Also accessible from above parking area –
Elks Trail GC1C5NR (visit link)
The reserve is home to the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, a member supported non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of the natural environment in the 265-square mile region drained by Stony Brook and the Millstone River. They are committed to intelligent and informed land use decision making, the protection of water quality and supply, and the improvement of the community's awareness of environmental issues. Their environmental education program aims to foster personal connections with the natural environment while promoting a sense of stewardship. For further information about the Watershed Association visit www.thewatershed.org.
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