Codington Farmstead Nature Trail

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Codington Farmstead Nature Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Martinsville, New Jersey that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
104 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

Forty five hilltop wooded acres; a working farm and woodlot from before 1742 (when the adjoining historic farmstead was begun) until the 1960’s when cultivation yielded to re-vegetation , in 2003 still occupied by descendents of the original Codington family. In 1998 Lora Codington (b.1910), avoided development pressures by selling the house, farmland, furnishings and equipment to Warren, to assure historic and natural preservation. Rough and rocky blazed trails form two loops, together exploring the entire tract. The southern loop includes a fruit orchard of old but productive apple, pear, and cherry trees, two farm fields now overgrown with bushes and young trees, a large open grove of mature maples and oaks, and a former sheep pasture now colorful with dogwood, cedar and birch trees and flowering shrubs. The northern loop is dense with very large old hardwood groves and vines typical of a virgin piedmont forest. Throughout are rows of basalt rocks cleared from tillable farmlands, and occasional old iron farm machinery. Trail Access points: Behind the homestead, at the hydrant by #23 Mt. Horeb Rd., and at cul de sacs named above. Parking is available near all points. Terrain is dry and shady. Wildlife: Turkey, Fox, Coyote, Deer (including albino strains) all smaller mammals and many bird and insect species. This tract provides the only tree cover for wildlife movement between second & third mountain ridges when combined with Mt. Horeb Springs tract.