The Wood Duck Nature Trail, appropriately named for the secretive duck, was made possible through the hard work and dedication of refuge volunteers. This beautiful trail now extends about 1.5 miles on a former railroad bed ending at the Wallkill River. The self-guiding interpretive trail includes a nature photography blind, interpretive nature signs, a footbridge across Beaver Run and several benches. Extensive wetlands are located along the trail. The trail is flat and provides easy walking.
Future plans include construction of a footbridge across the Wallkill River, continuation of the trail along the former railroad bed and construction of a parking area off of Scenic Lakes Road in Hardyston.
Bicycles, horses and motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trail.
Parking and Trail Access
The trail head is located on Route 565 in Wantage, New Jersey, approximately 200 yards north of Route 23.
New to the area, and quickly found this trail when online searching for someplace to walk/unwind. Sunny Sunday afternoon, and I arrived with my faithful trail walking partner, only to find that she is not welcome at this trail. Large NO DOGS sign at entrance. ...
Wood Duck Trail 6/15/11
This is a very nice walking trail, it is level and easy to walk, it is mostly ponds and swamps on both sides and in the warm weather there are lots of turtles and snakes, I walked it 2 days ago and a Black bear joined us for most of the walk, hanging ...
A Fine nature trail!
"This short nature trail is replete with interpretive signs, numerous benches and wooden bridges. It is limited to foot travel, and even then, jogging is not allowed. The area is a wide wetland, and as such, can be quite ""buggy"" in warm weather unless ...