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D&R Greenway Land Trust works to preserve and protect a permanent network of natural lands and open spaces in central New Jersey. Our mission is to provide appropriate public access to these areas and encourage active lifestyles and a greater

Kids enjoying Greenway Meadows. This photo is the approximate location where one can begin to explore the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail.
Greenway Meadows now has a poetry trail!

appreciation of the natural world.

D&R Greenway has constructed approximately 20 miles of trails in partnership with our trails volunteers and site stewards. Take a walk through one of our preserves!

Greenway Meadows, which surrounds D&R Greenway Land Trust's home in Princeton, is a wonderful place to explore and play. In 2001, D&R Greenway Land Trust led the preservation of the 60-acre Robert Wood Johnson estate. When completed, 55 acres were deeded to Princeton Township, creating Greenway Meadows park.

The remaining acres surround a circa-1900 barn that D&R Greenway retained and renovated.  In 2006, the Johnson Education Center opened to provide a home for D&R Greenway and a focal point for land preservation and stewardship activities throughout New Jersey.  Here, state, county, and municipal officials, non-profit organizations, individuals and landowners partner to formulate landscape-scale preservation projects to benefit communities throughout New Jersey.

Princeton Township owns and manages Greenway Meadows park. They have incorporated walking paths, playground equipment, picnic areas, playing fields and public restrooms into the rolling, natural landscape.  D&R Greenway has installed native plantings, the Edward T. Cone Grove, the Hartman Garden Path, the Carroll K. and Frederick P. King, Jr. Terrace, the Ellsworth Terrace, and Meredith's Garden for Inspiration - filled with native plants and nature-inspired sculptures -  integrating the public park with the Johnson Education Center.

2014 Greenway Walks

Please RSVP! Some walks have a limited capacity. Call us at 609-924-4646 or send an email to reserve a spot. Please be sure to write in your message which walk(s) you are signing up for, and how many people will be in your party. Thank you!
Click here for a PDF of all of the 2014 Greenway Walks (updated July 2014).

1. Inaugural Trail Walk at Rocktown Woods Preserve

Saturday, May 17
10:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Alan Hershey, Retired D&R Greenway Trustee and NJ Trails leader

Join us for the inaugural walk on our newly finished Rocktown Woods Trail! The 2.2-mile trail meanders back and forth across a small rock-lined brook, climbs to a ridge with broad views to the north, and descends through Omick Woods to the remains of an old farm pond dam.  The trail was built by a dedicated crew of volunteers organized by the East Amwell Environmental Commission and D&R Greenway.

Location: East Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, NJ
Directions: Limited parking is available at the trailhead, so walkers will meet at 9:45 am at the East Amwell Township Municipal Building to carpool. Click here for a map of the meeting point.

2. A Celebration of Spring at the Sourlands Ecosystem Preserve
*Please note this walk is now full*

Saturday, May 24
9:00 - 11:00am
Leader: Jim Amon, Director of Stewardship, D&R Greenway

Spring comes to the forest from the ground up; first the herbaceous plants on the forest floor open their flowers, like Bloodroot (pictured right), then the shrubs and finally the canopy trees flower.  This walk is timed to see the ephemeral woodland wildflowers in bloom.  It should also be a good time to see the migratory songbirds that come to New Jersey every year to raise their families.  Even without flowers and birds, the Sourlands are a treat and repay the visitor with beauty and solitude.

Location: Mountain Rd., Hopewell, NJ 08525
Directions: From Route 518 in downtown Hopewell, turn onto N. Greenwood Ave. (Hopewell-Wertsville Rd.) and take a left on Mountain Rd.  The trailhead and parking will be on your left.

3. National Trails Day Celebration at Pryde's Point
Co-hosted with Blue Ridge Mountain Sports

Saturday, June 7
10:30am - 12:00pm
Leader: Deb Brockway, D&R Greenway Volunteer and Trail Crew Leader

Every year on the first Saturday in June, organizations around the country celebrate National Trails Day with outdoor activities.  Join us for a walk on our Pryde’s Point Trail to celebrate this year! The trail begins at one of the highest points in Hunterdon County and loops about 1 mile down to Alexauken Creek, providing a connection with the Alexauken Creek Wildlife Management Area.

Location: West Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, NJ
Directions: From Route 31, approximately a mile and a quarter south of the intersection with US Route 202, turn west onto Rocktown Road.  Then turn right onto Gulick Road which is only a few hundred yards from the Route 31 intersection.  Proceed on Gulick Road a little less than one half mile and on the left (at a sharp bend in the road) is the driveway and parking area.

4. Stony Brook Adventure & Family Picnic
Co-hosted with the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association

Tuesday, July 8
5:30 - 7:30pm
Leader: Jeff Hoagland, Educational Director, SBMWA
Cost: $5 per person

Join us for our annual family picnic and naturalist-led walk along the Stony Brook.  Bring your dinner (drinks and desserts provided) to enjoy a picnic on the terrace and then explore the brook! The walk will introduce you to aquatic plants and animals (bring your water-friendly shoes!), and teach you about vital ecological stream functions.

Location: Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
Directions: From Route 206, turn on Elm Rd. and turn left on Rosedale Rd.  Look for the D&R Greenway sign on your left. Click here for directions.

5. Meadow Restoration at Cadwalader Park

Date announced!
Friday, August 15

Leader: Diana Raichel, Conservation Biologist, D&R Greenway

At Cadwalader Park in Trenton, we’ve turned an old animal paddock into native meadow, woodland, and riparian habitats!  This ecological restoration project improves water quality, increases biodiversity and provides environmental education opportunities for the local community. Join us for a short walk to learn about our restoration techniques, the wildlife we’re attracting, as well as our partners and outreach efforts.

Location: Cadwalader Drive, Trenton, NJ 08618
Directions: Cadwalader Park is near Routes 29, 31 and 206 in Trenton.  The entrance to our restoration area is off of Cadwalader Drive, where street parking is available.

Please note that the Bordentown City walk that was schedule for September has been canceled for 2014.

6. Native Plant Nursery Tour and Garden Walk

Wednesday, September 10
5:00 - 6:00pm
Leader: Emily Blackman, Native Plant Nursery Manager, D&R Greenway

Why is genetically local seed ecologically important? What are the details of the propagation process? Learn the answers to  these and other questions at a behind-the-scenes tour of our nursery, and see some established native plant gardens at the D&RG headquarters.  Plants and our guide to gardening with native species, Plant Local, will be available for purchase.

Location: Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
Directions: From Route 206, turn on Elm Rd. and turn left on Rosedale Rd.  Look for the D&R Greenway sign on your left. Click here for directions.

7. Fall Landscapes at Cedar Ridge Preserve

Saturday, October 11
9:30 - 11:30am
Leader: Jim Amon, Former Director of Stewardship, D&R Greenway

Whatever your favorite landscape might be you will find it at Cedar Ridge.  Here we will walk through meadows filled with goldenrod and other late-blooming meadow flowers, past hedgerows beginning to put on their bright colors for the annual fall show, stream corridors brimming with life, mysteriously dark cedar forests and one of the great trees of the region—a white oak that was a pretty good sized tree when George Washington and the Revolutionary army crossed New Jersey.

Location: Van Dyke Rd., Hopewell, NJ 08525
Directions: From Route 518 near downtown Hopewell, turn onto Van Dyke Rd. The trailhead and parking lot will be on your left at the bottom of the hill.

8. Roadside Geology Field Tour
*THIS TRIP IS NOW FULL (as of 10/15/14)*

Saturday, October 18
Raindate: Saturday, October 25
8:00am - 4:00pm
Meet at the Johnson Education Center
Leader: David Harper, author of Roadside Geology of New Jersey
Registration Fee: $60 per person
Includes a boxed lunch, bus transportation, and a specially created Guidebook to the Geology of the Trenton, NJ Area

From 2.5 billion years ago to present day, visit and learn about the geologic features that characterize New Jersey's landscape on a day-long field trip with David Harper, author of Roadside Geology of New Jersey. You will meet at the Johnson Education Center at 8am to board the bus, then take a day-long field tour to various locations of geologic importance, with commentary and explanations by David Harper. The bus is scheduled to return to the Johnson Education Center at 4pm.

Please call 609-924-4646 or send us an email to register and pay. Please note that this tour has a limited amount of spots available, and seats are on a first come, first served basis.

Take Your Own Walk

Featured Walk:
The Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail

A view of the new poetry trail at Greenway Meadows
A crisp fall day in October 2010 marked the
dedication of the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail

In autumn 2010, the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail was dedicated in Greenway Meadows park. The mile-long Trail begins at an allée of century-old hybrid sycamore trees, moves up the hill past newly planted American chestnuts and loops a meandering mile down through a meadow. Forty-eight poems feature the work of poets from fourteen countries and cultures. The common thread is the poet’s close read of some aspect of the natural world.  The Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail speaks to the symbiotic relationship between art and nature. Please visit Greenway Meadows to fully experience the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail. The trail is easily accessed from the lower parking lot at Greenway Meadows. Walk up the path, past the playground and soccer fields. Look for an allee of large Hybrid Sycamore Trees to start exploring the Poetry Trail.

transplanted trees


The documentary, Transplanted Trees, by David Kelly Crow, assisted by cameraman Raja Kayithi, takes viewers to the stunning Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail, a 1.5 mile maze of paths that wind among the grassland of the 55-acre Greenway Meadows Park off Rosedale Road in Princeton. The Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail was inspired and designed by Scott and Hella McVay in partnership with D&R Greenway Land Trust. It extends into the surrounding park from D&R Greenway's Johnson Education Center. 

Filmed live on April 15 of this year, "Transplanted Trees" follows native American poet, storyteller, and author Joseph Bruchac as he leads a large group of Princeton area residents, poetry aficionados, and nature lovers along the trail, stopping at 23 of the 48 poetry "markers," which feature poetry from around the globe and across time. Each of the poems was chosen for how it speaks to and about nature. Bruchac stops with the group at the markers and takes turns with several other area poets and writers, including Jim Haba, Penny Harter and Nupur Lahiri, to read the poem aloud, accompanied only by the sound of the breeze, the birds in the trees, and a Native American flute played by Bruchac's son, Jesse. 

The film may transport you to a place of simple beauty, a little peace, and perhaps inspiration. DVD copies of the film are available for purchase for $20 each by calling D&R Greenway at 609.924.4646, or visiting the Johnson Education Center. Click below to view the film in its entirety:

Transplanted Trees from Princeton Community Television on Vimeo.

Other walks on D&R Greenway preserved lands:

St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell, New Jersey

St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell

St Michaels Farm Preserve

The 340-acre St. Michaels Farm Preserve is officially preserved, and the public is invited to walk on trails through the non-agricultural open space portions of the property for walking, horseback riding and nature study. D&R Greenway requests that anyone who wants to see the property stay on existing farm roads. Please visit during daylight hours. Please keep your dog on a leash due to the presence of ground nesting birds. Dogs can and will hurt ground nesting birds. Thank you for your help in protecting the wildlife that exists on the preserve.

Click here to open a map of St. Michaels Farm Preserve Trails (2012).

D&R Greenway welcomes the community to our St. Michaels Farm Preserve. The majority of the property between Princeton Avenue and Aunt Molly Road is protected with a farmland easement. Wooded areas are preserved for conservation. You may walk on old farm roads and along hedgerows and in the wooded areas. Please respect the farm fields. The Diocese of Trenton has retained ownership of the 20 acres closest to town as shown on the map. This area is not open for public access.

Cedar Ridge Preserve
in Hopewell Township, Mercer County

Cedar Ridge Preserve is owned and managed by D&R Greenway Land Trust

Cedar Ridge trail guide

Click for the profile of this preserve

Sourlands Ecosystem Preserve

Take a walk in the Greater Sourlands Ecosystem Preserve in Hopewell and East Amwell Townships!



Click here to open a color map of trails connected to the Northern Stony Brook Preserve.

Click here to open the Sourlands Ecosystem Preserve brochure with information about the wildlife, history, and trails of the preserve.

The Northern Stony Brook Preserve trail profile - East Amwell Township, Hunterdon County

Sourlands Foothills Trail trail profile - Hopewell Township, Mercer County

Dry Run Creek Trail in West Amwell, Hunterdon County

Dry Run Creek Trail
Dry Run Creek Trail

Trail profile and directions on the NJ Trails website

Rawlyk Preserve in Kingwood Township, Hunterdon County

Join D&R Greenway on a walk Sunday, November 28, 2009 The Rawlyk Family preserved itsland in 2006

The Rawlyk Family preserved its farm in 2006. The land has been in the Rawlyk family since the mid-1920s. This preserve serves as a demonstration to other landowners of how they can restore native grassland and wetlands. There are woodlands, grasslands and wetlands that can be seen by walking a loop trail. Click here to open a trail map. A parking area is located off Hampton Road in Kingwood, New Jersey. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes - certain trails can be wet. Click here for directions to the Rawlyk Preserve.

To find more trails in central New Jersey:

New Jersey Trails Association offers free resources for trail guides and maps. NJ Trails Association is a group of non-profit organizations, led by D&R Greenway Land Trust, that encourages families and individuals to get outdoors and experience preserved lands close to home.

See the NJ Trails Association website to explore over 80 walking trails in central New Jersey!

I place my feet with care in such a world. - William Stafford

I reach, I touch, I begin to know you. - Muriel Rukeyser

Friends for the Marsh sponsors events all year long in the Hamilton - Trenton - Bordentown Marsh

Click to Visit our Partners Page to learn more about Friends for the Marsh

Order Your Copy today! Go to the Donate page and follow the directions for ordering a book. The total cost per copy is $20 plus $5.00 for postage and handling. Profits benefit trail creation and maintenance! Photo above (L-R) is Book Designer, Maria Lindenfeldar; Author, Sophie Glovier; and Photographer, Bentley Drezner
New Trail Guide for Walks In And Around Princeton Creators of WALKTHE TRAILS IN AND AROUND PRINCETON

The year 2009 marked the 20th anniversary of D&R Greenway's founding and the 175th anniversary of the D&R Canal, which inspired our first preservation goal to permanently protect the land surrounding and buffering this important water resource. Sophie Glovier, an active supporter of D&R Greenway and former trustee, is the author of a new trail book, Walk The Trails In And Around Princeton. Sophie along with Bentley Drezner, a well-known photographer, compiled some wonderful trail guides, along with interesting highlights along the trail. You may click here to e-mail a request for the book or call 609.924.4646.

In 2009 Packet Magazine featured this book - Click to view/download article

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