Apshawa Preserve – Butler Reservoir, Waterfalls, Ruins

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Apshawa Preserve - Butler Reservoir
A new trail map for Apshawa came out last September, and while it’s not unusual for trails to change, there are some huge differences since we last hiked this in Nov. 2010 (“Apshawa Preserve“).

In addition to some changes in route configurations, a few trail colors have changed (the trail, in the beginning, is now BLUE instead of WHITE etc) and even a whole section of WHITE is gone from the map.
BLUE trail
And last time we hiked a rather soggy YELLOW trail around the end of the reservoir but that is now closed due to the eager beavers who have managed to flood the trail.

Complete hike details, photos, and video on our Best Hikes in NJ: Apshawa Preserve page.

Apshawa Yellow Trail
Butler Reservoir at the YELLOW trailApshawa Beaver Lodge
The culprits’ hide out.

We saw signs of spring… skunk cabbage was starting to pop through the ground, and we heard lots of frogs before spotting some egg masses in some shallow water.
IMG_0036_2Frog Eggs
This park packs in a lot of variety: plenty of views along the reservoir…
RED trail
Along the RED trail
Beaver lodge in the distance, at the YELLOW trail
Butler Reservoir
RED trail
some overlooks and a glimpse of the NYC skyline…
View of Butler Reservoir from WHITE
Viewpoint on the GREEN trail
Glimpse of NYC on GREEN
snazzy metal bridge at a stream crossing…
Bridge on the RED trail RED trail
the occasional gate to get in and out of the deer fence….
Gate through a deer fence.
waterfalls…
Apshawa Preserve Waterfall
Waterfall on Apshawa Brook
….ruins of a water purification system from the 1900’s…
Water filtration system ruins, dates to the early 1900s
Water filtration system ruins, dates to the early 1900s
and a dam…
Dam on Apshawa Brook
...whoops.
Whoops.

Well, now, that’s just not something you see every day. Rusted out cars along the trail, sure, that’s almost a requirement along NJ trails… but this is a new one.

Hopefully, this was empty when it went over.

Complete hike details, photos, and video on our Best Hikes in NJ: Apshawa Preserve page.

Miles: 5.4

Wildlife spotted: Heard a woodpecker and lots of frogs. Saw a turf war going on between two pairs of geese – lots of honking and chasing going on.

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