Stroll around the busy urban retreat of Lake Montebello and then plunge into the thick woods surrounding Herring Run, a forested marvel surrounded by a mass of humanity. Since I was heading left in my car, by natural inclination I headed left on foot as well, but I soon realized this was incorrect.
Several signs along the route make the traffic pattern clear: automobiles on the farthest left, heading clockwise; bikers and in-line skaters in the next circle toward the lake heading clockwise as well; and then walkers in the innermost circle, closest to the lake, heading counterclockwise. I also soon realized that it didn’t much matter as there’s plenty of room in any case, and no one shot me dirty looks for heading in the wrong direction. But if you’re a stickler for order, head right, not left, after you park. That said, be aware that the mileage markers around the lake are clockwise.
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