The Lenni-Lenape Indians referred to the area that lies between two ridges as the Wach Unks, meaning “high hills.” We know them today as the Watchung Mountains. On the trails, you’ll be able to spot deer, birds, and wildflowers while walking beside a beautiful babbling brook. An added bonus is passing through the remains of Feltville, a nineteenth-century village ruled by David Felt. Until an archaeological dig in 2004, Felt was believed to have lived in a mansion away from the village.
Now, thanks to evidence found in the dig, Matthew Tomaso, the center’s associate director, says he is “100 percent certain” that Felt lived in the village in a modest house “among his workers,” in this paper-manufacturing village. After the hike, plan on exploring the Trailside Nature and Science Center, adjacent to the parking area. Enjoy a nature film, lecture, or planetarium show; browse various exhibits including live reptiles, pond life, geology, and local plants; and watch birds in the observation area. Outside are compact herb, wildflower, and butterfly gardens.
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