BE ADVISED THAT SOME TRAIL BLAZES HAVE BEEN LOST DUE TO TREES FALLING, ETC. BE ALERT, CARRY A COMPASS AND A MAP IN CASE BLAZES ARE MISSING - Stewardship Department
In 1998 a joint funding effort that included the NJ DEP, Wallerstein Institute Land Purchase Fund, Victoria Foundation and NJA made it possible to add this 221-acre wildlife sanctuary to our list of preserves. Originally known as Pochuck Sanctuary, the preserve was renamed in 2008 in memory of Janet Van Gelder, an avid birder and wildlife gardener.
Set atop a 1,000-foot mountain the property consists of rugged forested habitat that dips down to Lounsberry Hollow Brook. NJA has marked roughly three miles of trails over mostly steep and rocky terrain. Because this wildlife sanctuary is in rugged habitat, NJA has provided the trail system on a topo map. Visitors new to the area are encouraged to carry a trail map, topographic map and compass. If you have the time and are so inclined - the hike to the summit provides an excellent view.
Directions: From Route 94 in McAfee, take Route 517 north to Sammis Road. Keep left on Sammis Road and proceed to Lounsberry Hollow Road, then turn left. Follow Lounsberry Hollow Road to where the road bends sharply right. Turn left into the driveway at the bend. Please note this a shared driveway - keep right on the driveway along the unimproved road to the kiosk and parking area. There are no facilities for this site.
Here's a short video about the Sanctuary: