Every Body Walk!

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To check the status of the scheduled walk, please email the group leader, Carol, by 8:30 am at:    carolak1@verizon.net

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THE LOCATIONS AND DATES FOR EACH WEEK!

WALKS BEGIN AT THE END OF MARCH AND CONTINUE THROUGH UNTIL FALL THE TUESDAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING.

Each walk will be about 45 minutes

 




Tuesday, March 31, 2020 and Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

D & R Greenway Meadows

Site of the 
Slight incline; rated easy with mowed grass, packed earth and pavement. Parking at Greenway Meadows athletic fields on Rosedale Road, 0.6 miles from Elm Road (the parking lot across Johnson Park School – there is a smaller parking lot closer to Rosedale but keep driving to the large parking lot with the playground). Restrooms available. 

April 7, 2020 and April 9, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Pettoranello Gardens Lake Path

Parking in the Community Park North lot on the corner of Rt 206 and Mountain Avenue. Trail around the lake is flat paved or packed terrain; rated as easy walking; wear sturdy shoes. Appropriate for rolling walkers. Easy parking, restrooms available.

 


April 14, 2020 and April 16, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Hunt House

The trail is easy and the parking lot is near the trail with plenty of parking space. A beautiful walk down will take you to Willow Pond. Take Coil Soil Road (go past Terhune Orchards) then turn right onto Blackwell Road;  Hunt House will be on the right within 1/4 of a mile.  

The Hunt House is in Section 9 of the  Mercer Meadows County Parks. Construction to connect the Hunt House to Rosedale Lake was finished in the spring of 2013. Parking for this section is at the historic 1760 Hunt House at Blackwell Road and the walk is through wooded (paved or packed gravel) area to the Willow pond and for a longer walk, down to Rosedale Lake. The restored and refurbished Hunt House is the home of the Mercer County Parks Commission as well and the offices of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

 


Tuesday, April 21, 2020 and Thursday April 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Pole Farm: Insect Walk

at the Blackwell Road Parking Lot

Take Cold Soil Road past Terhunes, take a right onto Blackwell Road. The Blackwell Road Parking Lot is on the right just past the Hunt House entrance. Cross the street and follow signs for “Insect Walk.” This walk is on grass so wear solid shoes!

 


April 28, 2020 and April 30, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Maidenhead Trail at Mercer Meadows

(not to be confused with Maidenhead Meadows Park off of Princeton Pike!)

From Princeton, take Rt. 206 toward Lawrenceville; turn right onto Cold Soil just before the Lawrenceville Prep School. From Cold Soil, take a Left onto Keefe Road; continue on Keefe road for ~ 0.8 miles (there are two significant curves) until you see Maidenhead Trail on the Right. Parking available, no facilities.

While enjoying the beauty of Maidenhead Trail, you can also see an exhibit and history of TransAtlantic communications located at Pole Farms in the early 20th century. 

 


May 5, 2020 and May 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Washington Road Canal Towpath

 

Part of the towpath, this section is on the other side of Lake Carnegie, between the Lake and the Canal. This section allows a scenic walk in an area that is typically more quiet than other sections of the path.

From downtown Princeton, take Washington Rd, heading towards Carnegie Lake. Cross over the lake on the big stone bridge, then immediately after, cross over the smaller wooden canal bridge. Just after the canal bridge, parking is on the left in the gravel parking lot.  After you park, you walk back over the smaller wooden canal bridge, taking the second right onto the path (the first right, which keeps you on the south side trail of the canal, is walkable but more grassy than the packed earth of the towpath.) Parking available, no facilities.

 


May 12, 2020 and May 14, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Kingston Lock Tow Path

Rated easy walking. Park in the lot on the EnoTerra side of Highway 27 (right hand side if you are going north from Princeton) No restrooms available. Wear sturdy shoes. We take the walking path heading EAST along the canal Tuesday and along the opposite side of the canal (near Eno Terra) on Thursdays.

 


May 19, 2020 and May 21, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Mercer Meadows: Reed/Bryan Farm

Take Cold Soil Road past Terhunes, take a right onto Blackwell Road. Go down Blackwell Road until you reach the stop sign, about 1 mile. At the stop sign, turn left onto Federal City Road. About 1/2 mile down the road, Reed/Bryan Farm will be on the left.

 


May 26, 2020 and May 28, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

 Carson Woods Trail

           

On December 18, 2001, the property known today as Carson Road Woods was permanently preserved by Lawrence TownshipNew Jersey.  Thus, 183 acres of unspoiled forest and farmland was spared imminent destruction at the hands of the latest in a long line of developers spanning the previous two decades. The preservation has over 5 miles of walking trails. Some trails border farmed fields, others take you through a rare beech forest and meander along streams and meadows. Pause for a moment and you might catch a glimpse of a fox, a rabbit, a rare bird, a turkey or deer….just some of the wildlife that call Carson Road Woods their home. Please check the site out at http://www.carsonroadwoods.org

Head West on Rosedale Road from Elm Rd in Princeton; Take a Left onto Province Line Road and drive approximately 1 mile; Turn Left onto Carson Road and travel approximately 2 miles. Park in the Carson Road Woods parking lot. Parking, no facilities. Trail is packed earth/grass terrain. 

 


June 2, 2020 and June 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Port Mercer on Quakerbridge Road

From Mercer Road, bear Left onto Quaker Bridge Road at the Princeton Friends School. Travel along Quaker Bridge Road for approximately 2 miles; before the road makes a 90 degree turn, drive straight into the parking lot (if you make the turn and go over the wooden bridge you’ve gone too far.) No facilities. Terrain is packed dirt. 

 

 


June 9, 2020 and June 11, 2020 at 10 a.m.

 Skillman Park

 

On Tuesdays, meet at Parking Lot A (Dog Park) which is 0.1 miles from the entrance on the right.

On Thursdays, meet at Parking Lot D. Take Park road to stop sign and stay right as road becomes one way. Continue to the next intersection, again staying to the right. A school will be on your left. Continue past the school to Parking Lot D on your left (this lot is 1.1 miles from the park entrance.

Trails are both shaded and paved with occasional uneven places due to tree roots. 

Take the Great Road (Rt. 601) North from Princeton for approximately 5 miles. At the intersection of 518/601, cont on Rt. 601 for 0.4 miles. Turn right at the Skillman Park sign onto the park road.

 


June 16, 2020 and June 18, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Pole Farm: Keefe Road Parking Lot

From Princeton, travel past Terhune orchards on Cold Soil Road until you are approaching the intersection of Cold Soil and Keefe Road. The Pole Farm parking lot is on Cold Soil Road, just before the right turn onto Keefe Road. Look for the large red barn! If you turn down Keefe Road or continue on Cold Soil and hit Rt 206,
you’ve gone too far. 

June 23, 2020 and June 25, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Institute Woods 

Take Mercer Street south towards Lawrenceville for 1.3 miles, and turn left into the 
Princeton Battlefield State Park. Park in the lot at the Thomas Clarke house, and walk up the tree-lined drive past the Clarke House to the trail leading into the woods. The Trolley Track Trail has easy, flat, packed earth with the occasional root or small rock to step over. 

 


June 30, 2020 and July 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Johnson Park School Trail

From Elm Rd, turn onto Rosedale Rd and drive for 0.7 miles. Turn right onto General Johnson Rd, turn right again to stay on General Johnson Rd. Parking is available on both sides of the street.

Note: park near the green line on the map as that is the trail we will be walking

 


July 7, 2020 and July 9, 2020

Turning Basin Park

 Travel on Alexander Road out of Princeton toward Route 1. Just before you cross the canal you will see a park on the right. It’s just across from the canoe rentals. On the first walking day of the week the group will walk to the right, on the second walking day of the week the group will walk to the left. Facilities available. Packed dirt terrain.


July 14, 2020 and July 16, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Pole Farm: Insect Walk

at the Blackwell Road Parking Lot

Take Cold Soil Road past Terhunes, take a right onto Blackwell Road. The Blackwell Road Parking Lot is on the right just past the Hunt House entrance. Cross the street and follow signs for “Insect Walk.” This walk is on grass so wear solid shoes!


July 21, 2020 and July 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Maidenhead Trail at Mercer Meadows

(not to be confused with Maidenhead Meadows Park off of Princeton Pike!)

From Princeton, take Rt. 206 toward Lawrenceville; turn right onto Cold Soil just before the Lawrenceville Prep School. From Cold Soil, take a Left onto Keefe Road; continue on Keefe road for ~ 0.8 miles (there are two significant curves) until you see Maidenhead Trail on the Right. Parking available, no facilities.

While enjoying the beauty of Maidenhead Trail, you can also see an exhibit and history of TransAtlantic communications located at Pole Farms in the early 20th century. 

 


July 28, 2020 and July 30, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

 Carson Woods Trail

 

On December 18, 2001, the property known today as Carson Road Woods was permanently preserved by Lawrence TownshipNew Jersey.  Thus, 183 acres of unspoiled forest and farmland was spared imminent destruction at the hands of the latest in a long line of developers spanning the previous two decades. The preservation has over 5 miles of walking trails. Some trails border farmed fields, others take you through a rare beech forest and meander along streams and meadows. Pause for a moment and you might catch a glimpse of a fox, a rabbit, a rare bird, a turkey or deer….just some of the wildlife that call Carson Road Woods their home. Please check the site out at http://www.carsonroadwoods.org

Head West on Rosedale Road from Princeton; Turn Left onto Province Line Road. Follow Province Line Road then take a Left at Carson Road. Follow Carson Road into the Carson Road Woods parking lot.

 


August 4, 2020 and August 6, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Port Mercer on Quakerbridge Road

From Mercer Road, bear Left onto Quaker Bridge Road at the Princeton Friends School. Travel along Quaker Bridge Road for approximately 2 miles; when you cross the canal (at the 90 degree turn) the house on the right is the Port Mercer House. Parking is in this area. No facilities. Terrain is packed dirt. 

 


August 11, 2020 and August 13, 2020

Turning Basin Park

 Travel on Alexander Road out of Princeton toward Route 1. Just before you cross the canal you will see a park on the right. It’s just across from the canoe rentals. On the first walking day of the week the group will walk to the right, on the second walking day of the week the group will walk to the left. Facilities available. Packed dirt terrain.


August 18, 2020 and August 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Johnson Park School Trail

From Elm Rd, turn onto Rosedale Rd and drive for 0.7 miles. Turn right onto General Johnson Rd, turn right again to stay on General Johnson Rd. Parking is available on both sides of the street.

Note: park near the green line on the map as that is the trail we will be walking


August 25, 2020 and August 27, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Institute Woods 

Take Mercer Street south towards Lawrenceville for 1.3 miles, and turn left into the 
Princeton Battlefield State Park. Park in the lot at the Thomas Clarke house, and walk up the tree-lined drive past the Clarke House to the trail leading into the woods. The Trolley Track Trail has easy, flat, packed earth with the occasional root or small rock to step over. 

 


September 1, 2020 and September 3, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Kingston Lock Tow Path

Rated easy walking. Park in the lot on the EnoTerra side of Highway 27 (right hand side if you are going north from Princeton) No restrooms available. Wear sturdy shoes. We take the walking path heading EAST along the canal (opposite from the tunnel side).

 

 


September 8, 2020 and September 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Washington Road Canal Towpath

 

This path is a beautiful section on the other side of Carnegie Lake! The path is between the Lake and the Canal, allowing a scenic and peaceful walk in an area that is more quiet than other sections of the path.

From downtown Princeton, take Washington Rd, heading towards Carnegie Lake. Cross over the lake, then over the canal. After the canal, parking is on the left in the gravel parking lot near the soccer fields. Parking available, no facilities.

 


September 15, 2020 and September 17, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Pettoranello Gardens Lake Path

Parking in the Community Park North lot on the corner of Rt 206 and Mountain Avenue. Trail around the lake is flat paved or packed terrain; rated as easy walking; wear sturdy shoes. Appropriate for rolling walkers. Easy parking, restrooms available.

 


September 22, 2020 and September 24, 2020 

Hunt House

Trail is easy and parking lot is near trail with plenty of parking space. A beautiful walk down will take you to Willow Pond. Take Coil Soil Road (go past Terhune Orchards) then turn right onto Blackwell Road;  Hunt House will be on the right within 1/4 of a mile.  

Hunt House is Section 9 of the  Mercer Meadows County Parks. Construction to connect the Hunt House to Rosedale Lake was finished in the spring of 2013. Parking for this section is at the historic 1760 Hunt House at Blackwell Road and the walk is through wooded (paved or packed gravel) area to the Willow pond and for a longer walk, down to Rosedale Lake. The restored and refurbished Hunt House is the home of the Mercer County Parks Commission as well and the offices of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

 


September 29, 2020 and October 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

 Skillman Park

 

On Tuesdays meet at Parking Lot A (Dog Park) which is 0.1 miles from the entrance on the right.

On Thursdays meet at Parking Lot D. Take Park road to stop sign and stay right as road becomes one way. Continue to the next intersection, again staying to the right. A school will be on your left. Continue past the school to Parking Lot D on your left (this lot is 1.1 miles from the park entrance.

Trails are both shaded and paved with occasional uneven places due to tree roots. 

Take the Great Road (Rt. 601) North from Princeton for approximately 5 miles. At the intersection of 518/601, cont on Rt. 601 for 0.4 miles. Turn right at the Skillman Park sign onto the park road.

 


October 6, 2020 and October 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Institute Woods 

Take Mercer Street south towards Lawrenceville for 1.3 miles, and turn left into the 
Princeton Battlefield State Park. Park in the lot at the Thomas Clarke house, and walk up the tree-lined drive past the Clarke House to the trail leading into the woods. The Trolley Track Trail has easy, flat, packed earth with the occasional root or small rock to step over. 

 


 October 13, 2020 and October 15, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Pole Farm: Keefe Road Parking Lot

From Princeton, travel past Terhune orchards on Cold Soil Road until you are approaching the intersection of Cold Soil and Keefe Road. The Pole Farm parking lot is on Cold Soil Road, just before the right turn onto Keefe Road. Look for the large red barn! If you turn down Keefe Road or continue on Cold Soil and hit Rt 206,
you’ve gone too far. 

October 20, 2020 and October 22, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Pole Farm: Insect Walk

at the Blackwell Road Parking Lot

Take Cold Soil Road past Terhune’s, take a right onto Blackwell Road. The Blackwell Road Parking Lot is on the right just past the Hunt House entrance. Cross the street and follow signs for “Insect Walk.” This walk is on grass so wear solid shoes!

 


October 27, 2020 and October 29, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Washington Road Canal Towpath

 

This path is a beautiful section on the other side of Carnegie Lake! The path is between the Lake and the Canal, allowing a scenic and peaceful walk in an area that is more quiet than other sections of the path.

From downtown Princeton, take Washington Rd, heading towards Carnegie Lake. Cross over the lake, then over the canal. After the canal, parking is on the left in the gravel parking lot near the soccer fields. Parking available, no facilities.


November 3, 2020 and November 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Maidenhead Trail at Mercer Meadows

(not to be confused with Maidenhead Meadows Park off of Princeton Pike!)

From Princeton, take Rt. 206 toward Lawrenceville; turn right onto Cold Soil just before the Lawrenceville Prep School. From Cold Soil, take a Left onto Keefe Road; continue on Keefe road for ~ 0.8 miles (there are two significant curves) until you see Maidenhead Trail on the Right. Parking available, no facilities.

While enjoying the beauty of Maidenhead Trail, you can also see an exhibit and history of TransAtlantic communications located at Pole Farms in the early 20th century. 

 


November 10, 2o20 and November 12, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Mercer Meadows: Reed/Bryan Farm

Take Cold Soil Road past Terhunes, take a right onto Blackwell Road. Go down Blackwell Road until you reach the stop sign, about 1 mile. At the stop sign, turn left onto Federal City Road. About 1/2 mile down the road, Reed/Bryan Farm will be on the left.

 


November 17, 2020 and November 19, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Port Mercer on Quakerbridge Road

From Mercer Road, bear Left onto Quaker Bridge Road at the Princeton Friends School. Travel along Quaker Bridge Road for approximately 2 miles; when you cross the canal (at the 90 degree turn) the house on the right is the Port Mercer House. Parking is in this area. No facilities. Terrain is packed dirt. 


November 24, 2020 and Happy Thanksgiving (no walk today)

Pettoranello Gardens 

Parking in the Community Park North lot on the corner of Rt 206 and Mountain Avenue. Trail around the lake is flat paved or packed terrain; rated as easy walking; wear sturdy shoes. Appropriate for rolling walkers. Easy parking, restrooms available.

The EveryBody Walk! Program

This free walking program offers great options for walking paths in Princeton area. The Every Body Walk! program provides an opportunity to get out and walk safely with company for 45 minutes through various areas in your surrounding community.  Walking sticks and canes are welcome. Some sites are appropriate for sturdy rolling walkers.

Every Body Walk! is a program which began in response to the Surgeon Generals Call to Action for increased walking for exercise and health benefits. 

Progression Physical Therapy and the Princeton Senior Resource Center are taking part in the Everybody Walk educational campaign to promote the health benefits of walking and to get people up and moving.

Advantages of beginning a walking program:

  • It doesn’t require a gym membership or fancy equipment – it’s totally free!
  • It’s an easy place to start since most of us do it every day – there’s no learning curve!
  • It has been shown to improve blood pressure, cholesterol, stress, and depression.
  • It can help to promote weight loss and reduce your risk for other chronic diseases like heart disease and dementia.
  • It is enjoyable and something you can do with others.
  • It is a safe and generally risk-free form of physical activity.
  • It is a form of exercise that is easy to keep up – there are lots of places you can do it! If you’re not used to being active, you can start with 10 minutes of walking each day and build as your fitness improves.

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