George & Leona's
Friends of the PineyPaddlers Schedule....

 

 

SEPTEMBER

 

Sept 23 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware and Raritan Canal on World Rivers Day (Somerset Co).  9:30am. World Rivers Day is a global celebration of the world's waterways, observed every last Sunday in September. The D&R Canal is a drinking water resource for almost 2 million residents of NJ. Our 7-mile round trip will be on the Griggstown – Blackwells Mills section of the canal.  Rentals are available from Griggstown Canoe and Kayak Rental. Bring lunch and water.   Please register with leaders for details and to confirm the trip. George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com  (RV)

 

Sept 26 (Wed):  Canoe/Kayak the Batsto River (Burlington Co).  9:30am. Enjoy a  7-mile Pinelands paddle from Quaker Bridge to Batsto Lake.  We’ll use Pinelands Adventures for our trip shuttle.  www.pinelandsadventures.org Contact leaders to confirm the trip, meeting location and your participation. George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

 

Sept 30 (Sun): Pinelands Month - Canoe/Kayak the Wading River (Burlington Co).  10am. We’re paddling 10 miles from Hawkin Bridge to Beaver Branch. Canoes and kayaks can be rented from Mick’s Pine Barrens Canoe and Kayak Rental 609-726-1380 or www.mickscanoerental.com  Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation. George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

 

Oct 4 (Thurs): Pinelands Month – Guided Hike at Double Trouble State Park/Village (Ocean Co).  10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace.  Originally a cranberry farm and packing plant, the former company town called Double Trouble is a window into past and current industries in the Pinelands.  Andrew Anderson, Historic Resource Interpretive Specialist, will be our guide. Meet at Double Trouble State Park, Pinewald-Keswick and Double Trouble Rds.  Leashed dogs are welcome!   Bring lunch and beverage. Heavy rain cancels.  Leona and George F.  609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

 

Oct 8 (Mon): Columbus Day Hike at the Thompson Park Conservation Area (Middlesex Co). 10am. 4 – 5 miles, easy pace. Thompson Park stretches south from Thompson Park and Schoolhouse Road along the Gravel Hill. It is dominated by heavily wooded forests and lowland swamps along the Manalapan Brook. Parts of the area also continue to support local agriculture, with farmers growing corn and soybeans. The Park offers passive activities such as hiking, walking, bird watching and photography.  We will meet at the Thompson Park Trailhead near the Off Leash Dog Area on Fir Drive, Monroe Township.  GPS Coordinates: N 40° 20' 3.753", W 74° 26' 8.556". Inclement weather cancels. Option for late lunch at Fiddleheads Restaurant.  Leashed dogs are welcome.   George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com  (RV) 

 

Oct 12 (Fri):  Pinelands Month - Canoe/Kayak the Batsto River (Burlington Co).  9:30am. We’ll enjoy a Fall Foliage Pinelands paddle from Quaker Bridge to Batsto Lake. Pinelands Preservation Alliance has launched Pinelands Adventures and rental boats are available as well as private boat shuttling.  www.pinelandsadventures.org  Contact leaders to confirm the trip, meeting location and your participation. George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

 

Oct 14 (Sun): Roebling Museum Tour and Village Walk (Burlington Co).  10am.  A former gateway to the Roebling Mill, the main gate museum building once served as the passage point for thousands of workers on their way to the steel mill each day. The 7,000 sq. ft. building now houses the five galleries, Investors Bank Media Room, offices, lobby gift shop and Ferdinand Roebling lll Archives of the Roebling Museum. Two short documentary films run continuously. There is a Museum Admission Fee.  Option to take the RiverLINE to Roebling. Contact leader to confirm meeting time and for meeting location. Bring lunch and snacks.  Please RSVP and put “Sierra” in the subject. Joanne Pannone (609)443-6992  jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com  (C)  

 

Oct 17 (Wed):  Richard J. Coffee Mercer County Park Hike (Mercer Co).  10am. 4 - 5 miles, easy pace. We’ll hike along Mercer Lake and walk the woods trails. Bring beverage, lunch and snacks. Leashed dogs are welcome. Meet at the Parking Lot next to Grandparents Grove. Leona and George F.  609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com  (C)

 

 

Oct 20 (Sat): Pinelands Month - Canoe/Kayak the Rancocas Creek (Burlington Co).  11am. The section we paddle will depend on weather conditions. Experienced cold weather/water paddlers only. Contact leaders to confirm trip and details. Option for early breakfast at the Vincentown Diner.  George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)

 

Oct 24 (Wed): Pinelands Month - Hike the Franklin Parker Preserve (Burlington Co).  10am. 5 - 6 miles, easy pace on the Yellow Trail. The acquisition of the Franklin Parker Preserve in 2003 by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation was a momentous occasion in conservation. This 9400-acre preserve is a keystone piece of land, linking the expanses of Brendan Byrne, Wharton, and Penn State Forests and creating a more contiguous Pinelands National Reserve. Meeting at Speedwell entrance off RT 563, Woodland Township. Leashed dogs are welcome.  Bring lunch, snacks and water. Heavy rain cancels. George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)

 

Oct 28 (Sun): Early Halloween Hike at the Jamesburg Park Conservation Area (Middlesex Co). 10am. 4 miles, easy pace.  The Jamesburg Park Conservation Area was some of the first lands that Middlesex County acquired using Green Acres funding for open space protection in the early 1970’s.  It protects both the underground resources of the Old Bridge Sands aquifer, and a unique pine barrens habitat in Middlesex County.  Meet at Helme Mill Park on Maple Street in Helmetta. Inclement weather cancels. Option for late lunch at “The Diner”.  Leashed dogs are welcome.   George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com  (RV) 

 

Nov 4 (Sun): “Fall Back” Bicycle Ride at Duke Farms (Somerset Co).  10am. Approx. 5 – 6 miles; leisurely day with stops along the way. Duke Farms serves as a model of environmental stewardship in the 21st century. Meet at the Farm Barn Orientation Center. Bring lunch and beverage on the ride. Bicycle helmets are required and must be worn.  Bicycles can be rented with helmets!  Directions:  www.dukefarms.org/  Rain cancels.  George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com  (RV)

 

 

Nov 7 (Wed):  Fall Foliage Hike at Monmouth Battlefield State Park (Monmouth Co).  10am.   4 miles, easy pace. Monmouth Battlefield State Park is the site of one of the largest battles fought during the Revolutionary War on June 28, 1778.  Meet at the Visitors Center, 16 Business Route 33 Manalapan, NJ.  Bring lunch, snacks and water. Leashed dogs are welcome!  Inclement weather cancels.   Leona and George F.  609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)

 

 

Nov 18 (Sun): Hike at the NJAS Plainsboro Preserve (Middlesex Co).  10am. 4 miles, easy pace. The Preserve has wildlife exhibits, a reference library and the Nature Store is a great source for field guides, optics, etc. Bring water and snacks. Meet at the Nature Center, 80 Scotts Corner RD, Cranbury, NJ.  Directions: www.njaudubon.org/Centers/Plainsboro/    Option for late lunch at Romeo’s Restaurant.  Inclement weather cancels.  Dogs are not permitted. Co-Leaders:  Leona F, 609-259-3734 or  leona@pineypaddlers.com  Joanne P jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com  (RV)

 

Nov 25 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the D&R Canal from Bulls Island to Prallsville (Hunterdon Co).  11am. Work off those Thanksgiving calories with this 6-mile round trip paddle.  Experienced winter paddlers only. Bring lunch and hot beverage.  Too cold, then we’ll hike the towpath! Contact leaders to confirm participation and logistics. George & Leona F 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com  (C)

 

Dec 2 (Sun):  Hike at Duke Island Park (Somerset Co.) 10am.  4 - 5 miles, easy pace.  Duke Island Park includes trails, which are part of the Raritan River Greenway. We’ll meet at the Visitors Center which is located near the main parking area, and houses the Park Ranger office and the rest room facilities – Old York RD., Bridgewater, NJ. Inclement weather cancels. Bring snacks, water and lunch.  Leashed dogs are welcome.   George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com  (RV) 

 

Dec 5 (Wed): Hike at Jakes Branch County Park (Ocean Co).  10am. 4 miles, easy pace.  Jakes Branch has a nature center with hands-on exhibits and an observation deck that offers a 360’ view of the Pinelands. Leashed dogs are welcome.   Meet at Jakes Branch Park, 1100 Double Trouble RD, Beechwood, NJ.  Option for late lunch at Shady Rest Restaurant. George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)

 

Dec 8 (Sat):  Whitesbog Village Fall Hike (Burlington Co).  10am. 5 miles, easy pace on sandy trails. Join us for Whitesbog’s 3rd year celebrating the holidays as they welcome visitors to explore the many historic buildings of Whitesbog! Handmade Arts & Crafts exhibitors will be spread throughout the village, kid crafts in the art gallery, a candy cane hunt and a special visit from you know who! Wagon rides into the bogs, hot cocoa and warm apple cider, live music and even more! Loads of fun for the entire family!!!! Last December the Tundra Swans were on the bogs.  Bring lunch and beverage.  Leashed dogs are welcome.  Directions and information:  www.whitesbog.org   George & Leona F 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)

 

Dec 16 (Sun): Celebrate the Upcoming Winter Solstice – Canoe/Kayak the Wading River (Burlington Co).  10am. The trip section depends on weather conditions. Experienced winter Pines paddlers only.  Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation.  George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)

 

Dec 19 (Wed): Hike Historic Smithville and Tour Smithville Mansion (Burlington Co). 10am. 4 miles, easy pace. After the hike we’ll tour the Mansion decorated for a Victorian Holiday (small fee) by local garden clubs.  Option, late lunch at Vincentown Diner. Meet at Smith's Woods at Historic Smithville Park, East Railroad Avenue, Easthampton, NJ.  Leashed dogs are welcome. George & Leona F 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com  (C)

 

 

Dec 21 (Fri): D&R Canal Hike on The First Day of Winter (Burlington/Mercer Cos).  10am. 4 miles, easy pace.  It’s the first day of winter – let’s take a walk on the towpath from Bordentown to Trenton. Leashed dogs are welcome!  Meet at the RiverLINE parking lot in Bordentown City. Option for late lunch at Heart of Bordentown (HOB) Tavern. Inclement weather cancels.  Leona and George F.  609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com  (C)

 

Dec 26 – Dec 31:  Patriots Week in Trenton - History of the American Revolution in NJ (Mercer Co).   Learn about the American Revolution during Patriots Week. Every day of the week offers fun and history for the entire family.  See the First and Second Battles of Trenton Reenactments and participate in Walking Tours of the Trenton Battlefields. Check website for events www.patriotsweek.com   Contact us to meet for various events!  Leona F,  leona@pineypaddlers.com  or Joanne P  jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com   (C)

 

Jan 1 (Tues): New Year’s Day Paddle on the Wading River (Burlington Co).  10am. Ring in the New Year with the NJ Sierra Club. The section we paddle will depend on river conditions.  Experienced cold weather paddlers only  Enjoy a tailgate get together after the trip.   Bring something to share. Hikers are welcome to join us after the paddle!  Please contact leaders to confirm participation and details. George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)