Just in time for warm weather, green trees, and flowers in full bloom, a revised edition of Sophie Glovier’s “Walk the Trails In and Around Princeton” is newly released by Princeton University Press. Glovier, a Princeton resident and 1987 Princeton University alumna, highlights 16 trails in Princeton and surrounding towns and includes maps and photographs for walks ranging from two to four miles. For each trail there is also a page that can be detached and used as a postcard.
Three Princeton-area land preservation groups are celebrating the book’s release on Saturday, May 6, with a trio of free walks on some of the featured trails. Walks will start at 10:30 a.m. from three locations. At the D&R Greenway, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, former Princeton Township mayor Phyllis Marchand will lead a 1.1-mile walk along the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail. Friends of Princeton Open Space offer two walks — 1.5 and 2.5 miles — at Mountain Lakes Preserve, both starting from the Community Park North parking lot on Mountain Avenue. Both walks pass through a pine forest, Tusculum fields, and around the lakes. At Herrontown Woods, naturalist Steve Hiltner will lead a 1 to 2-mile walk.
Glovier will sell and sign copies of her book ($19.95) at 10 a.m. at the Greenway and at 11:30 a.m. at Mountain Lakes House. Proceeds benefit D&R Greenway Land Trust, Friends of Princeton Open Space, and the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association to support trail maintenance and land stewardship.
In addition to the scheduled walks, Princeton University Press has also geocached four copies of the book: one each on the poetry trail, and at Greenway Meadows, Princeton Battlefield, and the Updike Farmstead. Walkers are invited to search for the books using clues and coordinates posted on social media.
“Photographer Bentley Drezner and I envisioned this book as a way to get people out into nature and to provide funds to support the maintenance of our local trails,” says Glovier. “The wonderful network of open space in Princeton would not exist without the preservation efforts of D&R Greenway Land Trust and Friends of Princeton Open Space and we are excited to continue to support their work with the publication of this new edition of ‘Walk the Trails In and Around Princeton.’”
For more information, visit D&R Greenway Land Trust at www.drgreenway.org; Friends of Herrontown Woods at www.fohw.org; and Friends of Princeton Open Space at www.fopos.org.