Family friendly geocache located in the Hilltop Reservation in Verona, New Jersey.
This cache can be retrieved about 30 to 60 feet from the trail near the posted coordinates.
The Verona Environmental Commission (VEC) along with Verona Pack 31 placed this geocache along the Lenape Trail in the Hilltop Reservation , whichi is open to the public from dawn to dusk.
The Hilltop Reservation is a nature preserve located on the Second Watchung Mountain in the host communities of Cedar Grove, North Caldwell and Verona. Various short trails are available that take you along the preserved ridgeline. As the Hilltop Conservancy works to restore wildlife habitat on former demolition sites, parts of the Reservation have now been certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a "Wildlife Habitat."
Hilltop Reservation is a recent addition to the Park System. It is composed of lands formerly included in the grounds of the Essex County Hospital Center. The land was designated a Conservation Easement in 2001, by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, permanently dedicating it for conservation and recreation purposes, and thereby protecting it from any future development.
In 2003, additional acreage was dedicated, bringing the Reservation’s total to 284.16 acres. This addition to the County’s official NJ Green Acres Recreation and Open Space Inventory brings the current total acreage of the Essex County Park System to 6,010.52.
Portions of the land, particularly some smaller parcels which are not contiguous with the main area, will be dedicated to recreational use by the host communities.
Many of the volunteer events to cleanup and maintaince the reservation is performed by the Hilltop Conservancy. The mission of the Hilltop Conservancy is to keep the Hilltop Reservation as a nature preserve that provides habitat for native wildlife and plant species; and a site that provides respite, enjoyment, and learning activities to the community.
Verona's Cub Scout Pack 31 chose the location of the geocache as an introduction to geocaching!