Tumbling over falls and down Hacklebarney’s rugged ravines as it leaves Morris County, the roiling dark waters of the Black River rush headlong to the village of Pottersville, where the landscape begins to flatten and the river banks become wider, and the once raging waterway transitions to the Lamington River and flows gently into Hunterdon and Somerset Counties. The Black/Lamington River is the heart of Pottersville, a village that grew up around the mills and foundry along the river bank, and reached it’s heyday with the arrival of the “Rock-A-Bye-Baby” railroad in the late 1800s. But while the mill wheels and rail cars stopped turning long ago, Pottersville still retains an abundance of 19th century charm and is a popular stop for day trippers and Sunday drivers. Spread out among four townships and three counties, Pottersville is also the place where the boundaries of Hunterdon, Morris, and Somerset Counties all converge, and The Black River Journal is the meeting place for all three. We’re bringing together readers that share a love for the villages, historic town centers, and open countryside that make our area of New Jersey such a unique and special place to live and work!
The Annual Tewksbury Trail Pace will take place Sunday, September 18, 2022. The event will be held at 27 Fox Hill Road, Califon, NJ, 07830. The cost for adult riders is $45 and $35 for junior riders,Tewksbury Trail Association Members receive a $10 discount. The divisions for this year’s paces are: adult, junior, pleasure or trail. Registration is open between 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. but riders must finish by
3 p.m. to be eligible for prizes. Event preparations and prizes sponsored by local businesses and generous landowners. The course itself is approximately six expertly marked miles through beautiful Tewksbury Township. The varied terrain includes challenging hills, rocky areas, road crossings, a small water crossing and spectacular views. Important requirements for participants include, current coggins and ASTM/SEI
certified approved helmet. Due to the nature of the location, water for both horse and rider must be brought to the site. Please be advised due to potential for insect activity and terrain challenges, equine shoes and/or boots are recommended, as is ample insect repellent for both horse and rider.
The Tewksbury Trail Association strives to create courses to highlight the appreciation of the countryside and this year’s collaboration with the Tewksbury Land Trust furthers the cause. While many prior paces include trails on both public and private property, this pace is predominantly on preserved land comprising the Ten Mile Trail. This course takes riders through the Sullivan-Whitman preserve, the Lance
Preserve and the Raritan Headwaters’ Fox Hill Preserve. Conceived by the Tewksbury Land Trust as a means to connect preserved lands and optimize their recreational value, the Ten Mile Trail project was initiated in 2017 with the help of the NJ Conservation Foundation. The community in Tewksbury, including private landowners and non profit organizations, come together in the support of preserving the natural beauty of the land.
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