HEDDEN COUNTY PARK
Dover Town/Randolph Twp, Morris County
285 acres


Directions:

There are 4 park entrances in all. This is the directions to one of them.

US 80 west; US 287 south; take Route 10 southwest; right turn onto Route 513 (Dover-Chester Turnpike); drive .4 of a mile to a stop sign and turn left; drive .2 of a mile and turn right onto Concord Road; drive .55 of a mile straight into the park entrance. There is a ball field, picnic tables, and restrooms here.


Geology:

There is pudding stone here.


History:

The Hedden Park area had been used for hiking long before the park was opened in 1970. The Hedden family donated the initial 40 acres in 1963, and with land added through Park Commission acquisitions the park now covers 380 acres.


Trails:

The Concord Road entrance puts the hiker up on top of the hemlock glen. The hiker then walks down to the glen. I took the blue trail to the white trail, and then downhill with the green trail to the stream and glen; walked to the picnic/playground area; and then back up a gravel road that makes two connections with the white trail that takes you back to the original green trail on which the hiker descended into the glen.

There are two marked trails. There is also boating (complete with boathouse) in a six-acre lake.

Dan Goldfischer, Daily Record:

Trail maps for Hedden are usually available in map boxes at the directories, and at the Randolph Avenue trail head of the Jackson Brook Trail.

The best place to start is at the new trail head for the yellow-blazed Jackson Brook Trail on Randolph Avenue. From Route 10, go north on Route 513, turn left at the first stop sign (even though the brown sign points right), then follow Randolph Avenue* to the small parking lot with a trail sign at the bottom of the hill. In season, the ferns along this trail are spectacular. At Indian Falls Road, turn right; the trail continues over the bridge and across the street. The yellow trail is only two thirds of a mile long, but it connects with the white-blazed Hedden Circular Trail, which is a two mile loop. Turn right at the end of the Jackson Brook Trail to walk down the steepest sections. If you do not want to walk the entire white trail, a new section of the green-blazed Indian Falls Trail bisects the white trail, creating a one mile loop. Posted maps at Hedden do not yet show some of the newer sections of trail.

The best known attraction at Hedden is the Indian Falls of Jackson Brook. The green-blazed Indian Falls Trail bisects the white-blazed circular trail, and also runs from the white trail along Jackson Brook. The falls are small and easy to miss -- walk up along the brook where the trail descends steeply.

Hedden Park has become the site of Morris County's most accessible beaver colony. The lodge of mud and sticks is clearly visible at the edge of the pond just beyond the boat house, which can be reached from the Reservoir Avenue entrance. The beavers are most easily seen late in evening.

* The trail head is actually on East Randolph Avenue, in Mine Hill Township.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney


Trees:
Acer negundo (boxelder maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Amelanchier arborea (shadbush)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)
Rubus flagellaris (dewberry)
Salix discolor (pussy willow)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple leaf viburnum)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Chimaphila maculata (spotted wintergreen)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Sambucus canadensis (common elderberry)

Vines:
Smilax sp. (greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 4/25/00
Anemone quinquefolia (wood anemone) 4/25/00
Arctium sp. (burdock)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)
Caltha palustris (marsh marigold) 4/25/00 -- lots
Epifagus virginiana (beech drops)
Equisetum arvense (ground pine)
Erythronium americanum (trout lily) 4/25/00 saw only one in bloom
Geum sp. (avens)
Impatiens capensis (jewelweed)
Lysimachia nummularia? (moneywort)?
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Panax trifolius (dwarf ginseng) 4/25/00
Polygonatum sp. (true Solomon' seal)
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Polygonum virginianum (Virginia knotweed)
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)
Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaf crowfoot) 4/25/00
Stellaria media (common chickweed) 4/25/00
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage )
Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) 4/25/00
Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue)
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadow rue)
Trientalis borealis (starflower) 4/25/00
Tussilago farfara (coltsfoot) 4/25/00
Veratrum viride (swamp hellebore)
Viola sororia (common blue violet) 4/25/00

Rushes and Sedges:
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Grasses:
Anthoxanthum odoratum (sweet vernal grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Polypodium virginianum (rock cap fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)