History Hike in Chester 6/3

Guided Chester History Hike
Saturday, June 3rd, 9 am
Meet up corner of Tanner’s Brook Rd & Furnace Road Chester
Join Chester Recreation, the Chester Historical Society, and Chester Trails as they present a free guided hike on Saturday, June 3rd in celebration of National Trails Day. The hike will be led by the knowledgable local historian and avid hiker, Bruce Clark, and will take place on the Patriots’ Path white blaze trail segment that runs between Furnace Road and Tanners Brook Road.  Participants should park in the parking lot at the corner of Furnace Road and Tanners Brook Road, which is marked with a ‘Hunter’s Parking’ sign.  The hike will begin in the parking lot at 9:00 am, and will be about a mile and a half in total length over generally pleasant terrain.
All attendees should wear sturdy shoes since several stretches of the trail have exposed rocks and pass over piles of sharp-edged slag from the furnace operation.  Bug spray would also be helpful given several nearby stretches of swampy ground. The hike is appropriate for all ages and open to all in the community.
The trail walk will go alongside of the site of the historic Chester Furnace, a state-of-the-art facility from the late 1800’s that processed ore from local mines into rectangular ingots of high-carbon ‘pig iron’.  In addition to pointing out the surviving artifacts from the Furnace operation, the hike will also pass by the site of the ill-fated Lake Takene resort community and train station.  At a leisurely pace, the walk and talk should last about 90 minutes or less.
Kindly register for this hike so that we may notify you in case of weather cancellation.
Contact the Recreation Director with additional questions recreation@chesterborough.org

New kiosks along Patriots Path in Chester

Hello All, our newest kiosks are ready for hikers!  Many thanks to Eagle Scout candidate Michael Servais and team for making the kiosks and installing them.  Ed Ng wrote and put up the informational sheets with history, geology, trails, and acknowledgements.  Many thanks to NJ DEP, Morris County Parks Commission, Chester Recreational Trails Team, the Chester Historical Society, Boy Scouts of America, and the Governing Bodies of Chester Borough and Chester Township.
Stop by the West Morris Greenway Trailhead on Pleasant Hill Rd. to see this one:
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Here is the one at Patriots’ Path – Seward’s Hill – 50 North Rd. just across from the tennis club.
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Many thanks to the Scouts for a job well done! Now let’s do some hiking!

‘911 Memorial Trail’ Hike on 10/30/2016

On Sunday, October 30, at 8:45am, the MetroTrails hiking group (http://www.metrotrails.org/Metrotrails/Home.html) is running a hike from Long Valley to Waterloo Village.  This hike follows the new 911 Memorial Trail (www.911trail.org), and mostly coincides with Patriots' Path in Morris County.  Hikers will meet at the end point (Waterloo Village) and shuttle back to the start of hiking in Long Valley.

The hike is all-day and will cover 15 or more miles.  There are some up hills, like climbing Schooley's Mountain.  Staff from Morris County Parks will be providing van support.  So, it is possible to bail out early and get a ride to your car.  This is an opportunity to try a long hike even if you aren't completely sure you can finish the whole thing.

You can find details of the hike and you can register at https://www.meetup.com/Metrotrails/events/233900374/

The hike is led by Mike Helbing.  You can read about some of the other long-distance hikes that Mike has led at: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/warren-county/express-times/index.ssf/2015/01/warren_county_man_plans_to_hik.html