A guided hike will take place on Saturday, June 6th on the Patriots Path white blaze trail segment that runs between Furnace Road and Tanners’ Brook Road, in Chester, NJ. Participants should park in the parking lot at the corner of Furnace Road and Tanners Brook Road (which is marked with a ‘Hunter’s Parking’ sign). The hike will begin in the parking lot at 9:00 am, and will be about a mile and a half in total length over generally pleasant terrain. Hikers should wear sturdy shoes since several stretches of the trail have exposed rocks and pass over piles of sharp-edged slag from the furnace operation. Bug spray would also be helpful, given several nearby stretches of swampy ground.
The trail walk will go alongside of the site of the historic Chester Furnace, a state-of-the-art facility from the late 1800’s that processed ore from local mines into rectangular ingots of high-carbon ‘pig iron’. In addition to pointing out the surviving artifacts from the Furnace operation, the hike will also pass by the site of the ill-fated Lake Takene resort community and train station. At a leisurely pace, the walk+talk should last about 90 minutes or less.
Leader: Bruce Clark. Call to sign up (862) 812-7668 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. U19/ Youth Mountain Bike Race at Parker Rd Preserve
May 2 @ 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
10th Annual Team Bulldog Mountain Bike Race, and NJ State High School and Middle
School Mountain Bike Championships, will be held on Saturday, May 2nd. These races are for kids in kindergarten through High School. The races start at 9:00 a.m. and will take place at Parker Road Preserve, located at 20 Parker Road in Chester Township. Kids will race against others in their age groups with the final race going off at noon. More details at 19race.teambulldog.com, or in flyer below. For questions, contact Tom by email at email@example.com.
2. Marty’s Youth Mountain Bike Challenge at Parker Rd Preserve
May 9 @ 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Marty’s Youth Mountain Bike Challenge is mountain bike racing for kids in kindergarten all the way through High School. The races start at 9:00 a.m. and will take place at Parker Road Preserve, located at 20 Parker Road in Chester Township. Kids will race against others in their age groups with the final race going off at noon. The older High School racers will do multiple laps on the 3 mile circuit with the younger children doing shorter courses depending on their age. The races are held on the newly built trails at the Parker Road Preserve and are open to all kids from grades K-12 with a knobby tired bike and helmet. Registration for the kids’ races is free with a suggested donation to the Chester First Aid Squad. Preregistration is strongly suggested and a link to registration can be found at martysreliable.com. Email any questions to Eric@martysreliable.com. For a complete schedule of the races visit martysreliable.com.