Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mushroom Walk Brings Delight

Thanks to Philip Poniz (right) for co-leading our Sunday mushroom walk at Herrontown Woods last week. Peter Ihnat (left) and others also shared their knowledge. The aim was to learn about, rather than harvest, the fungi of the forest. Though the dry (and beautiful) weather limited how many mushrooms showed up for the walk, we visited the cliff, the Veblen cottage, and the "swimming pool", encountering mushrooms along the way, including an impressive, vase-shaped foot-tall "polypore", before heading to the Veblen House grounds for refreshments. Thanks to all who shared their interest and knowledge.

Mushroom Walk Sunday, Sept. 25, 2pm

Update: The needed rains prior to the walk didn't come, so we have a beautiful day but few mushrooms. Philip will still expound on the subject, but the walk will be more of a general nature and history walk.

The Friends of Herrontown Woods will host a combination mushroom/nature walk Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2pm, co-led by mushroom expert Philip Poniz and naturalist Steve Hiltner. Mushrooms can be weather-dependent, so the walk may focus on mushrooms or be more general, depending on how many mushrooms show up along the trails.

The walk is free, but donations are welcome to support restoration of the natural and cultural heritage of Herrontown Woods, Princeton's first nature preserve.

Meet at the Herrontown Woods parking lot, across Snowden Lane from Smoyer Park. Maps can be found at html.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Changes: Herrontown Trail Markers

One longterm goal of the Friends of Herrontown Woods, as it continues to care for both Herrontown Woods and Autumn Hill Reservation, has been to simplify the color coding for trails. As of September, 2016, we now have a fully marked red trail that begins and ends at the main parking lot, and a yellow inner loop that branches off the red trail and features lovely views of the stream, boulder field, and historic quarry sites. The blue trail is now limited to the north side of the pipeline right of way. For those winter and spring seasons when the soil is saturated with water (good for the watershed, not so great for hiking), a trail marked with red and white signs will now provide a way to bypass the wettest parts of the red trail. The red, yellow, blue, and red/white trails are now fully marked. Short connector trails have white markers, and a couple have been closed off to simplify the trail system.

The map below illustrates the changes.

We aim for clarity without becoming too intrusive with signage. Markers vary in height, so when you reach an intersection, give a good look around to figure out which way to go next.

Enjoy the trails, and contact us with any feedback.