A short, easy local leg-stretcher hike with some bird-watching opportunities.
2.1 miles, surface is easy dirt and roots, mostly level.
- Shorter: 1.5 miles – Cut out the Fresh Ponds spur.
- Longer: This is basically it here.
- Nearby: Ireland Brook, Farrington Lake Trail, Davidson’s Mill Pond.
Our two cents: Good for a quick hike if in the area, or combine with the nearby parks listed above that are all within about a 5 minute drive of this trail.
Map: Print from the park site or there may be ones in the trail kiosk.
Books: None that we know of.
Parking: N40.42339° W74.47055°
From Riva Ave turn onto Albrecht Lane – which looks like a driveway. Once turned onto Albrecht, keep to the right on a narrow road (left is actually a driveway).
At the end follow a sign that leads to a small dirt parking area surrounded by a split-rail fence.
Detailed directions on the park site.
Restrooms: None. Bathrooms may be open at Bicentennial Park down Riva Ave. or there should be a porta-john at Davidson’s Mill the other way down Riva.
Overview: WHITE (Tamarack) – BLUE (Fresh Ponds) out-and-back – WHITE (Tamarack) almost to its end at the power line cut – ORANGE (Hidden Holly) – WHITE (Tamarack)
0.0 – From the parking area, the trailhead is off to the left near a wooden trail kiosk.
Start following WHITE (Tamarack). Keep on that while passing ORANGE (Hidden Holly).
0.3 – Pass an unmarked side trail on the left.
0.5 – Pass an unmarked side trail on the left.
0.6 – Start following BLUE (Fresh Ponds) to it’s end at Fresh Ponds Road and then backtrack to this junction.
1.3 – Back at the junction, turn LEFT to follow WHITE (Tamarack) again. Very shortly, pass ORANGE (Hidden Holly).
1.6 – Turn RIGHT to start following ORANGE (Hidden Holly).
Turn is easy to miss. If you get to the power line cut you’ve gone too far.
1.7 – Turn LEFT when ORANGE (Hidden Holly) splits.
[Variation: turn right and go around the loop the opposite direction.]
1.9 – Turn LEFT when ORANGE (Hidden Holly) splits again.
Shortly, turn LEFT and follow WHITE (Tamarack) back to the trail kiosk.
Hiked: 1/6/19. Slight variation: right at Hidden Holly split.
Hiked: 4/14/13. Trail Blog: “Tamarack Hollow in April”.