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TRENTON, N.J. – From the open fields of Mercer County Park Northwest to the lush wooded grounds of Herrontown Woods, Mercer County Park Commission boasts miles and miles of trails nearly 10,000 acres of open space. On Saturday, June 6, Mercer County will celebrate National Trails Day at one the county’s hidden treasures: Baldpate Mountain.

Baldpate Mountain was acquired by Mercer County just over 10 years ago, and its limited access once made it difficult for park users to enjoy. Through the leadership of Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, this 1,000-acre mountain preserve has been improved and existing buildings have been spruced up, allowing visitors to fully enjoy this jewel in the county park system. The preserve boasts more than 12 miles of trails – some quite challenging – abundant natural landscape, wildlife habitat and spectacular views.

From 9 a.m. to noon on June 6, visitors to Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain can participate in a number of organized activities, including a guided hike, a presentation by the County Wildlife Center, a visit to the renovated House and Lodge, horse-drawn wagon rides from the horses at Howell Living History Farm, insect netting and identification for children, nature crafts for children, a birding program, a scavenger hunt and more. A free, color guidebook, “Guide to Homestead Plants,’’ will be available to all visitors. The book was created by Mercer County student intern Anthony J. Squitieri, who will be on hand to discuss his work and provide a guided tour. County Executive Hughes will begin the morning with remarks at 9 a.m. at the base of the summit trail at the preserve’s Fiddlers Creek entrance. A shuttle to the mountaintop will be available to visitors who prefer not to hike. The event is free. Parking at Fiddlers Creek and Pleasant Valley Road lots is ample and improved.