Stillwater Township, Sussex County
This wooded and open marsh wetland property displays many of
the most beautiful aspects of rural Sussex County landscapes.
Mountains of the Eastern deciduous forest, wetlands influenced
by decades of beaver activity, and abandoned meadows and fields
of yesterday’s farms characterize this preserve. Situated
near the base of the Kittatinny Mountains, visitors can look southward
along the sharp, granite ridge line mountain that forms the Delaware
Water Gap National Recreation Area. The Blair Creek Preserve is
an ideal addition to an assortment of conservation lands protected
by government and non-profit agencies including the Ridge and
Valley Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, Orange YMCA, Stillwater
Township and the National Park Service. Old woods roads follow
along narrow streams throughout the property. Stone walls built
by early settlers outline long abandoned fields and pastures.
Barred owl, black bear and bobcat, indicative of wild places,
all share Blair Creek Preserve.
Public Access and Uses:
Visitors will find the best access from Old School House Road
as well as Fairview Lake Road. Some abandoned woods roads serve
as un-maintained trails for quiet walks and bird watching opportunities.
General visitors are also welcomed to hike at the adjoining 485-acre
Blair Creek Preserve property which is co-managed between the
Trust, Ridge and Valley Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy
(hunting here is limited to special management program guidelines
arranged by The Nature Conservancy). The Trust allows registration
for deer hunting at its Blair Creek Preserve.