Adding a Little History to My Dog’s Morning Hike

South Mountain Reservation

South Mountain Reservation

South Mountain Reservation is an Essex County, N.J. park. It was one of the first to be planned by the Essex County Park Commission, which acquired much of the land in the late 19th century. The landscape design was largely created by the Olmsted Brothers, descendents of Frederick Law Olmsted, famed creator of New York’s central park. Much of the work on the park was done during the depression by the Civilian Conservation Core, part of the New Deal.

South Mountain Reservation
dragon fly

Washington Rock

Long before it became South Mountain Reservation, this area had a small place in early U.S. history for its role in the American Revolution. It was one of the sites where Washington had installed beacons to track the movement of British troops. In 1780 the beacon atop what would come to be called Washington Rock signaled to Washington that the Brits were advancing toward his encampment in Morristown. The same location later served as a lookout during the War of 1812.

Washington Rock
The view from Washington Rock.

Lenape Trail

The bright yellow trail markers signal the Lenape Trail, a 24-mile trail that starts at Military Park in Newark and goes through numerous Newark suburbs and to South Mountain Reservation. The trail is 30% street. It is unique in that it goes along city streets and through residential neighborhoods as well as undeveloped areas like the ones shown here.

Lenape Trail
South Mountain Reservation
Hemlock Falls
Hemlock Falls (after a week with very little rain)
Hemlock Falls
Hemlock Falls
South Mountain Reservation
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9 Responses to Adding a Little History to My Dog’s Morning Hike

  1. Donna Janke says:

    What a beautiful trail for your morning hike. Your photographs are great.

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  2. Sandra says:

    Great images from your beautiful walk!

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  3. Henry Lewis says:

    Beautiful dragon fly. Nature is a soothing balm these days.

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  4. New historical info is welcome. Thanks. Enjoyed the damsel fly. It was facing you.

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  5. inese says:

    Beautiful photographs! Love the light and shadows.

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  6. I love how you “see” things.

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  7. Great photos, Ken. I love the Dragonfly!

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