Hiking to the famous swinging bridge located at Institute Woods in Princeton, New Jersey.
We first did this short hike last winter (“Cold February Day at Institute Woods and Princeton Battlefield“) but wanted to come back when everything was in bloom.
What a difference some green leaves make.
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We did the exact route as before, starting at the Princeton Battlefield State Park lot and walking past Clark House before turning at the stone marker and heading towards the Stonybrook Meeting House.
Just as we wandered over, a man was coming to open it up for their Sunday gathering and invited us in.
The building was built in 1726. There is also an adjacent cemetery.
We made our way over to the swinging bridge that crosses Stony Brook.
Such a different scene with leaves on the trees. In winter vs in September:
Is this Princeton or the Amazon jungle?…
We crossed over and then back but you could link up to another trail in Rogers Refuge or continue to the D&R Canal towpath.
Eventually we ended up back in Princeton Battlefield State Park. What was a big open field last time was now full of grasses and wildflowers.
Nice blue sky and wispy clouds today to frame the columnade.
We noticed a sign along Mercer Road that “Young Patriot’s Day” was the following weekend. This is a day with activities for kids about colonial life and the Revolutionary War.
Post hike: Pumpkin cream cold brew. While we actually hit “peak pumpkin” a few years back and are no longer on the PSL train, we’re kinda diggin’ the cold brew version.
Besides – the more pumpkin items you consume, the longer and more vibrant the fall foliage season is. Pretty sure that is how fall foliage works.