Twelve thousand years ago, a tundra environment of lichen, moss, dwarf birch, and Arctic willow existed around the pond. Browsing mastodon and caribou may have drunk from its waters, while saber-toothed tigers, dire wolves, and Paleo Native Americans may have hunted herbivores from the crags above.
The climatic warming trend eventually brought the return of boreal spruce and fir forest, then deciduous forest resembling today’s woodlands. This rugged, 4.0-mile loop takes walkers to Terrace Pond, one of the most pristine of New Jersey’s glacial lakes, and provides ample evidence of the Highlands’s glacial past.
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