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
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.
Take Your Own Walk
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.
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:
Other walks on D&R Greenway preserved lands:
St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell, New Jersey
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
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
Trail profile and directions on the NJ Trails website
Rawlyk Preserve in Kingwood Township, Hunterdon County
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
WALK THE 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