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Muckshaw Ponds Preserve the beaten path! - Fredon , NJ

Natural Area, Conservation Area
Spring- Seasonal Sinkhole Pond – JoAnne Beliveau

Unique geology, topography and hydrology shape the natural beauty of this quiet preserve. There are a series of large and small seasonal sinkhole ponds scattered throughout the limestone ridges and valleys. This area is home for a wide range of threatened animals and plants. The sheltered forest and abundant wetlands are visited by migratory waterfowl. Historically, artifacts were uncovered indicating Native Americans of the Lenape tribe stopped by the Muckshaw Ponds to hunt and fish. Muckshaw Ponds Preserve is a special place that can be enjoyed in every season.

Trail maps are located at the kiosk at the trailhead. They can also be downloaded from Ridge and Valley Conservancy's website. Go to:

Accessibility Notes

Across the street (Route 618) from the Ridge and Valley Conservancy trailhead sign, there is a large parking area at the Whittingham Wildlife Management Area. The trails are not handicapped accessible. Trails are open from dawn to dusk.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs on leashes are permitted.

Recreational Opportunities

The preserve's fragile ecology limits the trail travel to hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and wildlife viewing.

Seasons Accessible

The trail is open all year long, dawn to dusk. Bow-hunting for white-tailed deer may be in progress during hunting season, September through January, seven days a week. Visitors are cautioned to wear blaze orange during this period.


No fee required.

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