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CLOSED - Hike Roger Perry Memorial Preserve & Dover Stone Church

Date: 8/26/2017
Time: 9:00 AM -
Location: Meet at Dover Plain Elementary

Please note that all of the spaces for this hike have been filled.  Thank you so much!  Another hike is being planned by Friends of the Great Swamp on Sept 10.  It will be a hike to the Dover Stone Church and possibly some other trails that are optional.  Click HERE for more information.
Join Naromi Land Trust and Great Hollow Nature Preserve on a guided hike at two small preserves near Dover Plains, NY on Saturday, August 26 led by Naturalist John Foley.   Participants will meet at 9:00 am at the Dover Elementary school parking lot (on Main Street (Route 22) across from the Firehouse at the south end of town of Dover Plains).   Participants should wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a snack.  We kindly ask that participants leave dogs at home for this hike.
Our first stop will be at Dover Stone Church, a naturally formed steep ravine that ends at an extraordinary cave like formation shaped like a church. A beautiful 30' waterfall cascades from above the ravine into this unusual open rock formation. According to legend, Indians fled from English warriors here in the 1600's. The easy walk to that point is about 25 minutes and traverses an open field, passes a large pond and then gradually goes uphill along the stream as the ravine sides grow steeper. The group will retrace its steps back to the parking lot. 

The group will then transfer to The Roger Perry Preserve of the Nature Conservancy just a short drive east from the center of Dover Plains. We will traverse over a trail of pure white sand leading through a red cedar forest. Once known locally as the White Sands of Dover, this site features a series of eroded limestone ridges and stunning bedrock outcrops. Calcium enriched ground water seeps through rivulets creating rich calcareous wetland fens. Fens support a unique assemblage of both plant and wildlife, many of which are rare and endangered. 

These two areas are intriguing for children as well as adults; short and with variety.  
Please RSVP for this hike by calling (860-354-0260) or email so we know to expect you, or to request further information about these hikes.

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