Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing gives you a unique opportunity to experience the isolated and wild areas of Duke Farms. It doesn’t take a lot of skill to learn snowshoeing and it can be mastered in just a short time. So what are you waiting for? Visit your local sporting goods store to check out equipment, then wait for the next snowstorm!
When it snows more than 4 inches, Duke Farms is a prime location for snowshoeing. Before you come, call our front desk at 908-722-3700 ext. 2 to find out if the trails are open.
Here are some tips to make your snowshoeing and cross-country skiing experience enjoyable and safe:
- Be prepared. Dress appropriately and always bring a phone, a map and a gps if you have one. Even though New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the nation, you can still get very lost!
- Your local sporting goods store can guide you on equipment you need. You shouldn’t need a special pair of boots or clothing for snow shoeing (cross-country skiing requires special boots). As long as they are appropriate for low temperatures and snow, you may already have these items.
- Don’t forget sunscreen and sunglasses.
- Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing is quite a workout – don’t forget food and water to refuel. Remember that in the winter you may not perspire as much but you still need to replace fluids.
- Start on a level path until you get accustomed to equipment.
- It is much easier to ascend inclines at a 45 degree angle rather than straight across.
- If you are snowshoeing avoid walking on prepared cross country ski tracks. These railway like tracks are damaged by walking on them.
- Take a slow stroll and be in touch with nature. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing allows you to almost silently experience the tranquility of the snow muffled habitats. You will see wildlife you would never see crunching through leaves in the fall.
- Fresh snow is a great time to explore wildlife tracks. Duke Farms is home to hundreds of species of animals – you never know what kind of critter print you will find!
- Have fun exploring Duke Farms!
How is the game played?If using a handheld GPS device (such as a Garmin, Magellan, Lowrance, etc.):
- Register for a free basic membership on geocaching.com.
- Visit the Hide & Seek a Cache page to locate a cache nearby.
- Select a cache to view its cache page which lists the cache description, GPS coordinates, and other instructions on how to find the cache.
- Load the coordinates into your GPS device and naviagate to the hidden cache.
- Sign the logbook inside the cache and log your visit online on geocaching.com.
- Download geocaching.com app from your app store (there is an Intro version which only allows you to navigate to 3 caches before it makes you upgrade and there is the full version which is $9.99).
- Log-in using your geocaching.com username or create a free geocaching.com username if you do not have one.
- Once logged in, press "Find Nearby Caches."
- Choose the appropriate cache from the list. The cache page should appear.
- Press "Navigate to Cache." A map should appear showing your location in relation to the cache location.
- Navigate to the cache and sign the logbook when you find it. Go back to the cache page and press "Post a Log/Field Note" to post a log online.
Duke Farms GeoTrail
The Duke Farms GeoTrail is a geocaching challenge consisting of 11 different caches placed around the property. It is a unique journey through a variety of native habitats and landscapes.
To complete the challenge you have to fill out the GeoTrail brochure and uncover the secret word, then present your completed brochure to the front desk staff in the Orientation Center to receive your commemorative token (GeoTrail brochures are available at the front desk in the Orientation Center).