CHAMBERS BROOK PRESERVE
The Gallo Trail (New, Spring 2020)
22 Ridge Rd, Whitehouse Station
Chambers Brook Preserve Trail Map
Description: One mile trail loop, mostly level, blazed with white trail markers. The site is a 35.66 acre forested/semi open and wetland parcel located on the Chambers Brook corridor, containing sensitive wetlands, two ponds and streams providing habitat for reptiles and amphibians, large areas of importance for groundwater recharge, and coniferous forest for wintering owls, including the threatened Long-eared Owl. Usually, one pond is visible from the trail. The trail is mostly dry, however expect to frequently encounter some muddy conditions crossing over a stream in the southern portion of the trail loop, and suitable footwear should be considered.
Site History: Preserved in 2019 via donation. The acquisition is intended to be kept in its natural state to protect wildlife, the wetlands and groundwater recharge in the Chambers Brook corridor and to provide an additional recreational trail in the Whitehouse area. An abandoned farm, reclaimed by nature over many years, one can still find the remnants of old farm roads and other occasional evidences of prior use. A site cleanup in late 2019 with many local resident volunteers removed large amounts of debris from the site.
Spring 2020: Readington DPW installed parking area and fencing along Ridge Rd. Many volunteers from the Open Space Advisory Board, Environmental Commission and many local citizens cleared and blazed a trail loop, installed bridges and a small informational kiosk, and drafted a map.