“A wooded trail over mossy paths, boardwalks, handmade bridges, through flower and fern filled bog gardens to blueberries
— Allison Pierson
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Trail is open every day, dusk to dawn; please take any trash with you.
This trail has mossy path, wooden boardwalks, areas with tree roots, handmade cedar bridges, lots of little turns and options of ways to go to keep it interesting and different plants in bloom all of the time. It is cool and shaded on the woodland trail even on a hot day. Boardwalks and fishing platform were built by Eagle Scouts, with more projects in progress now!
The Nature Trail is an easy one for families and kids but also fun for visitors on mountain bikes. There is plenty to see along the way, including boardwalks over flooded Atlantic White Cedar forest, streams, past sphagnum bogs, Cinnamon Ferns with benches for relaxing beside the pink rhododendrons, mountain laurel, sweet bay magnolias, and more.
The trail takes you to the back of Suningive House, the former home of Elizabeth Coleman White. The building is now a museum and offices, but it was once the home of The Blueberry Queen who planted these gardens and developed the first commercial crop of highbush blueberries (the kind you eat today!). The blueberry gardens were planted here to provide a lookout over the Cranberry Bogs. The trail continues around the circle garden of Pinelands native plants, past the potting shed (hobbit house), past a picnic area, and eventually leading past another trail leading to the cranberry bogs through the blueberry demonstration field and back to the road.
Along the whole path, visitors can admire the blueberries developed by Elizabeth during her lifetime, and picking is open in July. Loop back to the village General Store (open weekends 10 - 4) along the sandy road, connect up with the Blueberry Trail
at the bridge or head out to the cranberry bog trails and reservoirs.
The House is open for tours the first Saturday of each month at 1 pm, during Living History Days, Afternoon Teas, Blueberry Festival and for weddings and party rentals (609-893-4646).
Feel free to share pictures with #whitesbog or check in at: Whitesbog Preservation Trust.
Flora & Fauna
Atlantic White Cedar forest, pink lady slipper orchid, pitcher plants, sphagnum bogs, Cinnamon Ferns, royal fern, hayscented fern, pink rhododendrons, mountain laurel, sweet bay magnolias, dogwood, black oak, white oak, bayberry, inkberry, bird's foot violet, highbush blueberries, etc, etc. (guided botany walks are available), Carolina Chickadees, Hummingbirds, Titmouse, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Eastern Nuthatches, Phoebes, Whip-or-Whill, Wild Turkeys, Migrating Warblers, Red-tailed Hawk, Monarch Butterfly, Eastern Swallowtail Butterfly, Blue Azure Butterfly, Skipper Butterfly, Spring Peepers, Carpenter Frogs, Wood Frogs, Cricket Frogs, Gray Tree Frog, South Leopard Frog, Pine Barrens Tree Frog, snakes, chipmunks, ground hogs, deer, moths