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Erosion Control on the White Trail

AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Area Ambassador, Ritwik Menon teamed up with volunteers at Horseshoe Bend Park to install over 110 feet of "waterbars" to control erosion caused by heavy rains and snow melt.  
Ritwik Menon in light blue Americorps jacket above.

Waterbars direct to surface water off the trail and slow its decent down hill to reduce or eliminate erosion. Seven volunteers and Ritwik placed pressure treated timbers and secured them with rebar into the ground.  The uphill side of the waterbar was then filled with crushed stone and covered with wood chips.  

The installation was based on the United States Forest Service design and modified to allow for ease of hiking.


Many thanks to Ritwick and the volunteers, Caroline and Rob Nuckols, Mara Tippett, Mike Larue, Jack MacConnell, Chuck Kolvites, and Richard Dodds, who came out on a cold March day to make this event successful!


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Horseshoe Bend Park News(14)

New Bridge at Horseshoe Bend Park! An new bridge has been installed at Horseshoe Bend Park. Where the White Trail and the Blue trail come together there has always been a small stream crossing to manage. After Tropical storm Ida blew through, the old White trial became a full time stream Full Story...

Three new kiosks at HBP September 2020 - Eagle Scout candidate Andrew Cheney builds and installs three kiosks at Horseshoe Bend Park. Eagle Scout candidate Andrew Cheney and his team of scouts have built and erected three new kiosks at Horseshoe Bend Park. Two of the kiosks ar Full Story...

Eagle Scout add 60 feet of raised trail. August 2020 - Eagle Scout candidate Luke Hopta adds 60 feet of raised trail along the Flagg-Kirkland Trail. Choosing to do a project in the 800 acre Horseshoe Bend Park can be difficult. Selecting the right project is one thing, then figuring out how t Full Story...

About Horseshoe Bend Park
Horseshoe Bend Park – Kingwood Township, New Jersey

Located in western Hunterdon County, Horseshoe Bend Park is 452 acres of fields, forests, ravines and streams bordered to the north and east by preserved farms and to the west by the Delaware River.  The park, established in July of 2011, currently has over 10.5 miles of trails used for hiking, biking, horseback riding and bird watching. The park also has a heated, 9,750 square foot Morton building with bathroom facilities.  The building is available to the public for events and meetings.

The park is home to:
  • Hunterdon County’s largest leash free dog park – with over 7 acres of fenced running space.
  • The annual Horseshoe Bend Park horseback ride, attracting over 50 riders and their families.
  • The DelVal Dawgs Cheerleader training site.
  • AKC, UKC, ICKC Dog shows
  • Over 16 GeoCaching Sites
  • Horseback Riding Events
  • ...and much more.