Cedar Ridge
Van Dyke Road, Hopewell Township, Mercer County, NJ
30 acres


Directions:

From Princeton:
Follow Nassau Street to 206 South. Turn right onto Elm Road. Left at first traffic light onto Rosedale Road. Follow to the end and turn right onto Carter Road. Follow Carter Road all the way to the end. Turn left onto Route 518 west. Follow 518 through Hopewell Borough. Bear right to stay on 518 outside of the borough. At the blinking traffic light, turn right onto Van Dyke Road. The trailhead is on the left, at the bottom of the hill, just past the stream crossing.

From Pennington:
Route 31 North to Route 518 east. Right onto 518 east and follow to blinking traffic light at Van Dyke Road. Left onto Van Dyke Road. The trail head is on the left, at the bottom of the hill, just past the stream crossing.

Park in small pullouts on both sides of the road. Space is limited.


Habitats:

meadow, forest and streams at the edge of the Sourland Mountains.


Trails:

Easy walk on white-blazed trail. The Cedar Ridge Trail is a preservation project of Delaware & Raritan Greenway, central New Jersey’s regional land trust.


PLANT LIST:



Trees:
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Fraxinus sp. (ash)
Juniperus virginiana (eastern red cedar)
Picea (blue spruce)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus alba (white oak)

Herbs:
Apocynum sp. (dogbane)
Asclepias sp. (milkweed)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne’s lace)
Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)


Central New Jersey Trails Association
http://www.njtrails.org/trailguide.php?TrailID=10