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Please report downed trees and other issues to the appropriate Trail Boss
or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are partnering with the county, township and hiking group to maintain trails. Look for upcoming RTA trail clearing sessions and please try to donate a few hours of your time.
new! Sections of the River Trail by Deer Path Park are muddy and churned up. The Hikers have created some go-arounds for foot traffic and have asked that we keep horses on the main trail only. Thanks.
The "haunted forest" on Cole Rd Greenway east has been cleared and is open.
The Lipton Trail and River Trail at Deer Path Park have been cleared and are now open.
The White Trail up Round Mountain from 629 has trees down but is passable. The washout from persistent storms has made that section of trail treacherous for riding, unfortunately. The white trail up to the top of the mountain from Woodschurch road has downed trees but is passable. The section of the White Trail across from the Stanton General Store remains closed to horses due to previous damage and also downed trees.
The parking lot on Summer Road to access the Pleasant Run Greenway and Lazy Brook Greenway has been expanded to accommodate a few horse trailers.
We have learned that the Cushetunk trail section in Clinton and parking lot by the train tracks on Old Mountain Rd are not open to equestrians. We are pursuing this with the County Parks Advisory Board. For the Readington trails in Cushetunk, you can park at Pickell park.
The parking lot in the field next to tower field has been expanded to accommodate 1-2 horse trailers. Gravel still needs to be laid down on the expanded area.
Portions of Cole Rd Greenway East (Tower field) have been leased out to the Profeta Farm for organic hay production. Expect to see tilling, ploughing and seeding of the soil. As an alternative, trailers can park on Morningstar Road off Hillcrest or at the Edgewood Rd. cul-de-sac. Tailers can also park in the first field at the trailhead at the southern end of Cole Rd. Pull in through the trailhead and park in the first field on your left.
Please save the proof of purchase labels from Triple Crown grains and forage (worth $.35 each) and Southern States/Legends/Reliance Hay Stretcher (worth $.25 each). Bring them to the meetings or mail to RTA, PO Box 32, Readington, NJ 08870. Also, Triple Crown would love to hear any success stories you may have about their products on their facebook page. They have been a great supporter of RTA in the past, providing us with prizes for our events. If you have something good to say- or just want to explain why you choose their feed- please share!
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Readington Trail Association (RTA) is a qualified 501(c)3 organization with the goal of preserving the rural atmosphere of Readington through establishing and maintaining many miles of beautiful trails throughout theTownship. In addition to trail work, RTA works within the community to support essential/emergency services and educate members and others about equine health, safety and emergency procedures.
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We hope that everyone is safe and well in light of COVID-19!
We have cancelled the April meeting and will let you know when regular monthly business meetings will resume.
Stay healthy and hope you are getting some riding in!
Readington Parks and Trails- A Message from the RTA President
I sincerely hope that this finds you well, despite the unprecedented physical and emotional challenges that we are all facing due to COVID-19. I wanted to pass along information about parks and trails in Readington.
As you know, per the Governor's orders, all state parks and forests are closed until further notice.
He has also mandated that county parks close as well, and they now are closed (eg Deer Path Park). They are being patrolled by park rangers who will issue a summons for any violations. The good news is that Hunterdon County Freeholders have sent a letter to Governor Murphy expressing a concern that this order punishes Hunterdon County park goers who are in compliance with social distancing rules. Therefore the Freeholders have requested that county park closures be at the discretion of county government. The county parks and trails remain closed, but I will keep you abreast of any new developments there. Readington has several trails that cross sections of county property. Please be aware of county vs municipal property so you are not issued a sumons! An example of this is Round Mountain and Deer Path Park.
PBA the executive order only applies to state lands managed by the Division of Parks and Forestry (i.e., state parks, state forests, state recreation areas). It does NOT apply to other state lands, such as Wildlife Management Areas (which are managed by the Division of Fish and Wildlife). So for example, the South Branch WMA is still open.
Municipal parks in Readington are also closed (eg. Pickell Park, Summer Road Park, etc.). However, at this time, Readington trails are open but to Readington residents only. I consider us fortunate as many municipalities have closed their parks and trails entirely. When using the Readington Trails, please abide by current social distancing rules and ride alone (if safe) or in very small groups only. The police have been advised that trails are open for use by Readington residents.
Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions. I expect that this is a fluid situation, so I will update you as new information becomes available.
On a personal note, I encourage everyone to take a proactive approach to wellness by taking steps to boost your immune system.
Be well and safe!