Lord Stirling Park Trails

Basking Ridge, New Jersey 07920

Lord Stirling Park Trails

Lord Stirling Park Trails Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Children are often reluctant to walk one step farther when they get to the start of this trail. They’d much rather admire the antics of the Canada geese in man-made Branta Pond. Who can blame them? The beauty and constant honking of these creatures is exhilarating.

However, there are many more treasures to be found on these easy, level trails within the 400 acres of Lord Stirling Park. Deer, meadow voles, and rabbits are frequent visitors. This trail is a pleasant warm-up for the more interesting things to come. A magnifying glass is helpful for examining insect-eating plants in the boggy area, one of five major plant communities in the park. If you love birds, bring binoculars; you’ll probably also spot deer, pheasants, raccoons, skunks, opossum, and sometimes fox."

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey (The Mountaineers Books)
Mary Jasch
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"The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable dog walk happens every Saturday, rain, snow, or shine. Established in 1998, it has been canceled only once during a blizzard. When it snows, the maintenance crew plows a path to make the walk easier for all. Dog walks are scheduled for either Saturday morning or evening, depending on the season. Their length depends on the day’s leader and which group you fall into. Walkers find their own pace and spread into subgroups, always under the watch of trail-knowledgeable people. From out of the gate, almost a hundred canines and humans take off up the bridle path at Lord Stirling Stable for an hour of exhilarating fun. This fast-paced sociable hike provides exercise and laughs for all, including families with children, even grandparents, on wide carriage roads and footpaths through a mix of habitat and terrain."

Lord Stirling Park Trails Trip Reports

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This park offers an easy set of trails. All the trails are flat, and quite a few sections of the trail have a boardwalk. In the winter, the park offers cross country skiing. The highlight of the park is the environmental learning center, where there are a few exhibits that would be off interest for children.

The one bad part of the trail were the mosquitos, which can be expected given that the park is part of the Great Swamp. Make sure to bring insect repellent, or your walk may end up in a jog!

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Basking Ridge
Nearby City
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Day Hike
Dawn to dusk
Lord Stirling Park
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