"When the path ignites a soul, there's no remaining in place. The foot touches ground, but not for long."
— Hakim Sanai, 12th Century Persian Poet
From Montgomery, a person could walk just about anywhere.
There are miles and miles of pathways, some leading to the East Coast Greenway — which stretches from Maine to Florida. Another path leads up into the Sourlands and lends a view of New York City’s Freedom Tower
Make a goal to hike or bike them all. These scenic byways are often quiet, and downright secluded in winter. If dressed properly, there is no reason to fear the cold. An advantage to winter walking: Frost kills mosquitoes and deer ticks, and bare trees often reveal various sorts of hawks, woodpeckers, and even eagles.
Photo above: Unnamed Trail / Cherry Brook Preserve.
Photo below: Roaring Brook Trail / Sourlands Mountain Preserve
Bring a loved one, or spend some solitary time with a camera or dog for company. Just be careful not to get stranded on the canal path or up in the Sourlands after dark. Leave plenty of time to get back in daylight hours. This can be easier said than done.
One of the benefits of living in a place like Montgomery, Hopewell, or Rocky Hill is the ability to walk out the door and enjoy the open space. Witnessing the ongoing large-scale building of row homes and multi-story buildings on large tracts of land, it is good to know organizations such as the Montgomery Township Open Space Committee and the Montgomery Friends of Open Space are in place working to preserve natural resources for generations to come.
Loop Trail leading to the dog park. Skillman Park.
“Montgomery’s population has doubled in the past 15 years,” according to the Friends. “By working hard to protect the remaining open land, we hope to achieve a better balance between growth and preservation.”
Below: Hiking in the Sourland Mountain Preserve.
At least 7,000 acres of land has been preserved in Montgomery. Partnerships with the NJ Agricultural Development Committee, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Acres Division, Somerset County, and the Delaware & Raritan Greenway have brought about creative funding strategies to protect our land and farms.
Pictured on these pages are just some examples of places to visit in our township — even in the winter.