Visitors who hike the trails at Flat Rock Brook forget they’re only a few miles from midtown Manhattan. The surrounding woods are so dense that you’re guaranteed shade on the hottest day, and during any season you might spot a deer, raccoon, frog, and on rare occasions catch a glimpse of the secretive red fox.
During spring a variety of wildflowers show off their dazzling colors. Walking the boardwalk a mere 0.1 mile affords a closeup look at jewelweed, in bloom from July through the first frost. The boardwalk guides you through the Backyard Habitat for Wildlife, two demonstration gardens of native plants selected to be both ornamental and useful to wildlife. The Gazebo Garden illustrates a particular design for a backyard area, and the Quarry Meadow displays a wide variety of plants available for habitat use.
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