Wallkill River Valley

Wallkill River Valley, Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge (8/22/2009)

This is hike #6 ("Wallkill River Valley") in Hiking New Jersey: A Guide to 50 of the Garden State's Greatest Hiking Adventures (1st edition). There was a 30% chance of rain in the forecast, but it was sunny and humid when we left home. An hour later, as we pulled into the parking lot, it started raining lightly. Undeterred, and with our rain ponchos in our backpacks, we hit the trail. Five minutes later it started raining hard enough for us to put on the ponchos. But the rain didn't last, so off came the ponchos (one can become quite hot wearing them) after which we got about thirty minutes of very nice overcast hiking. Oh but the gods were taunting us, because eventually the skies opened, so back on went the ponchos, and it poured continuously for the last hour of the hike. Though the hike description included a 0.6-mile side trip to the Wallkill River, we were content to complete the hike without any additions. My camera, even stuffed inside my poncho, was dripping! Hence, there are only sporadic photos from the last half.

The overcast sky was ideal for photographing the many gorgeous wildflowers in the fields adjacent to the trails. It's a beautiful little loop (about 2.5 miles total) and we intend on going back when the monsoon season is over.

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The nearly dry parking lot

On the Dagmar Dale Nature trail

Black-eyed Susan?

On go the ponchos

The inviting trail

Poncho Dan [photo by Laura]

Trailside Goldenrod


Overcast skies





Fields of Goldenrod over the valley

View of the Wallkill River Valley

Wallkill River Valley

Goldenrod overlooking the valley

A rainy valley

Birdhouses abound

Distant hills

Path through Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne's Lace

More Goldenrod

Cell tower on hill top

View north

Storm clouds


Queen Anne's Lace


Queen Anne's Lace and Goldenrod

Are we on track?

Sneezeweeds (yellow)

Trail passes through farm land





It's pouring now!

The Wallkill River [photo by Laura]

Rickety bridge over river

Boards missing


The Wallkill River

Jewelweed (antidote to Poison Ivy)

Gorgeous wildflower field

Old growth


Hawk feather

Abandoned farm implement

Putting the poncho back on!

Wet slippery bridge near end

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