Have you ever felt frustrated because you “missed” the Fall due to various obligations and by the time you look up, the trees are bare and the temperature is plummeting? Then I have a suggestion. If you are squeezed for time next Fall, just get yourself to Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey. The place is awesome!
Park your car and go to the Orientation Center to get a map. The building is also known as the Farm Barn. (Try saying Farm Barn ten times quickly!). There are no parking or admission fees. Find a sign for the park and your odyssey has begun. Can you hear the music?
As described on your map, there are more than 18 miles of trails that will take you through woods and meadows, and along lakes and streams. You will see how nature and history has shaped the landscape. You can walk and hike on paved ways, stone lanes and mulched paths or you can take your bicycle.
You can also take the Tram to the core of the property and be picked up at one of four stops which will take you back to the Orientation Center. Another option is to take a Golf Cart.
I chose to walk so that I could absorb the intricacies of the landscape. If you particularly love lakes and streams as I do, then head straight over to the western section of the property because you will be there for a long time. I didn’t get to see everything during my six and a half hours in the park, but I’ll be back.
So for the first time in two years, I have found my October! Have you?