Join RVC Trustee Liz Marshall for the July "Hike of the Month" through Gnome Hollow Preserve. We will meet at trail head at 9:45 am. Hike will begin at 10:00 am.
Directions to parking area: Go North on Route 94 (from Blairstown), past Marksboro, take a left on Lincoln Laurel Road, take first left onto Stillwater Road, go to bottom of hill and around the hairpin turn. Parking area for Gnome Hollow on the right.
The 132-acre preserve is primarily deciduous hardwood forest, but it contains a small former Christmas tree farm. The property has a mix of native hardwoods, including mature oak and black birch, hickory, and emerging sugar maple. These dense stands of forest are important habitat for migrating songbirds and large mammals, such as black bear and bobcat. The mix of evergreens and hardwoods makes for suitable owl habitat as well.
Several large vernal pools, which flood in spring then drain in summer, are found throughout the forest. These pools are important habitat for reptiles and amphibians, which can breed in them without having fish eat their eggs. The vernal pools are also important recharge areas for the aquifers. Ground water seeps into the forest floor in these pool areas, and then gradually flows through the bedrock to streams, wetlands, and the Paulinskill River. Protection of the forest helps to protect the Paulinskill Watershed.