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D&R Greenway offers “staycation” suggestions

D&R Greenway’s 21,000 acres await area residents planning on a “Summer Staycation.”

Dry Run Creek Trail near Lambertville leads into cool, forested beauty. The charming, ledge-bound tributary of Moore’s Creek flows into the nearby Delaware River.

The trail meanders along the top of a steep-sided valley with views of an old stone wall, ancient oaks and ferns. It crosses three rustic bridges, including the Arthur and Marilyn Sales Bridge, named by a daughter for her parents.

To get there, look for the D&R Greenway sign at the parking area on Route 518 and find a map and information on the kiosk.

Kate’s Trail is off Elm Ridge Road in Mercer County. This wooded trail, named in memory of Katharine Wright Gorrie, is a perfect place for inspiring future naturalists.

Access the trail at the D&R Greenway sign on Elm Ridge near Carter Road. Follow the trail to a bench at Reflection Point. Continue through shaded beech groves to the Stony Brook and find your reflection in the water.

The terrestrial box turtle, a New Jersey Species of Special Concern, is right at home on Kate’s Trail.

If you are lucky enough to see this turtle, don’t touch and leave it in its chosen habitat.

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