Wawayanda State Park: Cedar Swamp Trail Professional Review and Guide
"It’s almost impossible to get lost because huge rhododendron thickets form a natural border along this trail. Sporting leathery dark green leaves throughout the year, with large pinkish purple flowers from late spring to early summer, these towering beauties also provide an ideal hiding place for wildlife. Here in Wawayanda State Park children and adults can appreciate and learn about the outdoors.
Bring a sturdy bag so that little ones can collect interesting leaf specimens found along the trail, and encourage them to recognize the difference in tree shapes, perhaps starting with an oak and a hemlock. Paper and crayons are great for making rubbings. When you find tree bark with an interesting texture or see a leaf with an interesting shape, place a piece of paper over it, rub it with a crayon, and you’ll have a permanent record. Although the rhododendron are glorious, you’ll also pass through a white cedar swamp, find sphagnum moss, hear bird calls, see frogs, and much more. Waterproof shoes are a good idea because sections of the trail may be wet or muddy."