Enjoy the changing seasons along nature trail at Bradner’s Run

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Historic Cold Spring Village invites visitors to step off the beaten path and enjoy the natural habitat of Cape May County with a walk through the nature trail along Bradner’s Run.

Bradner’s Run is a freshwater stream that runs along the southern edge of the village, travels under the Garden State Parkway and meets the salt marsh of the Intracoastal Waterway. It is named for John Bradner, the first minister of the Cold Spring Presbyterian Church, who owned the land in the early 18th century.

The nature trail, which is open for free self-guided tours, runs parallel to Bradner’s Run for about a quarter of a mile, beginning at the edge of the village’s Seashore Road parking lot (Route 626) and ending near the Route 9 entrance.

The area surrounding Bradner’s Run is home to a variety of native plants, and visitors can take in the sights and smells of the outdoors, like the lemony scent of the sweet bay magnolia tree. The section of the closest to the village meanders through a hardwood swamp forest of trees such as sweet gum, willow oak, tulip poplar, Southern red oak and pitch pine. Wildlife is also in abundance.

The village partnered with a local chapter of the Boy Scouts to clean up and revitalize the trail. There are 15 stations along the trail, each pointing out areas of interest that correspond to a printed guide, available for free at the village admission gates.

Historic Cold Spring Village is at 720 Route 9, three miles north of Cape May.

For information call 898-2300, ext. 10 or see www.hcsv.org. 

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