Blairstown Township, Warren County
Mallards and wood ducks erupt from the quite waters of the beaver pond --a site worth seeing as they whirl past the standing dead snags of trees bleached silver by the sun. Cool spring waters emerge out of the limestone bedrock entering the pond. Here, longtail salamanders, a state threatened species, hide beneath moss covered rocks. The surrounding forest of northern oak, sugar maples and Canadian hemlock supports a truly diverse understory of ferns, wildflowers, shrubs and herbs. The "sweet" limestone soil provides a rich and lush environment for many state endangered and rare plants. The rocky ridges within the forest are traveled by black bear and bobcat.
Once farms and rural home sites, the fields, abandoned long ago, are identified only by the stone walls that marked them. Locals tell the stories of the people and families that lived here and enjoyed the beauty of the place. Nancy Castleman, Helen Winslow- Roundtree, Eloise Lenhardt: it might be said these women homesteaded here and later saw to it that the land they owned would be protected forever. The forgotten town of Kalarama, even then just a cluster of two or three homes, is now only stone foundations. Recently, with the help of The Green Acres Program, a large natural spring at Kalarama and the old grist mill site on Belchers Creek was added to the preserve.
Public Access and Uses:
The Paulinskill Valley Trail passes near the Limestone Ridge Marsh
Preserve. Visitors enjoy hikes along un-maintained woods roads
through the preserve. Best access is from Cedar Lake Road. Parking
is limited. The Trust allows registration
for deer hunting at this preserve. Please note that this preserve is limited
to 20 registrants. Once the limit is met, this preserve will no
longer be available to choose on the registration form.