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Capoolong Creek Wildlife Management Area


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Kingstown Road, Pittstown, NJ
Phone: (973) 383-0918
www.njfishandwildlife.org/wmas.htm

OWNER:  New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

DIRECTIONS:  Continue on Lower Landsdown Road and take the first Left onto Landsdown Road. The first parking area for Capoolong Creek WMA is less than 0.1 miles on the Right across the railroad tracks and is across from Sidney School Road. For additional access points, continue on Landsdown Road. After 0.6 miles turn Right at the stop sign onto CR 617/Sydney Road and make a quick Left into another parking area. From there proceed South on CR 617 a short distance and turn Right onto Lower Kingstown Road. Proceed 1.4 miles on Lower Kingston to the end, directly across the street find another parking area and trail.   Map
 
ACCESS AND PARKING:  Open daily from dawn to dusk. There are three parking areas detailed in the driving directions; these have limited parking and vary in size. Fishing and hunting are allowed. During hunting season make sure to wear bright clothing such as hunter or blaze orange or visit on Sunday when no hunting is allowed; visit www.njfishandwildlife.org for timeframes and rules and regulations. The trail system is linear, not a loop. Hiking its entirety requires return transport. To view a map of the WMA visit www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/pdf/wmamaps/capoolong_creek.pdf.

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Stop and ScanSITE DESCRIPTION:  At about four miles long, this linear park features a majestic mature hardwood riparian forest that includes American sycamore and red and silver maples. Several access points allow visitors to tailor the length of their hike. The trail follows the old Lehigh Valley Railroad spur that once terminated in Pittstown, where peaches from this fertile valley were transported to urban areas. Occasionally remnants of the railroad are evident, particularly at the southern trail terminus, where the old train station, slated for restoration, still stands. Spring ephemerals like trout lily and spring beauties can be seen along the trail. While searching for wildlife, enjoy unimpeded views of the stream. This is an excellent place to search for migrating spring warblers such as Northern Parula, Yellow, Black-throated Blue, Yellow-rumped and Black-and-white along with Ovenbird and Wood Thrush. Vireos such as Blue-headed, Yellow-throated and Red-eyed may be seen along the outer edges of the trees.

SPECIAL FEATURES:  To extend a northward hike on the Capoolong Trail, pick up the Landsdown Trail. Continue north on Landsdown Road and turn Right onto Lower Landsdown and cross the railroad tracks to pick up the Landsdown Trail on the Left.

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