On our day off for Presidents’ Day we had our mind set on a trip to Watchung Reservation, and as we drove up the nearby road we saw these frozen waterfalls coming out of the cliff face and decided “that’s where we wanna go.”
Starting out at the Seeley’s Pond parking area, the “White Trail” took us up to an overlook above the river, and we tried working our way across jutting out sections of basalt to get to the bottom but hit a dead end. So cutting around the back we came down to ground level, where we found the foundations of the old mill referenced here. A little further on, there was a dramatic cut right through a 15-foot high ridge of stone.
Water dripping from inside and above the rocks was freezing on exposure to the air, forming tall blue-white streams of ice. Some had fallen, 20 pounds or so per piece. I thought it might be best to not stand directly under it any longer than necessary.
I’m still slapping myself for forgetting my good camera, and having to settle for cellphone pictures. We’re hoping to get out there again this Saturday and explore a little more. The detective work in tracing out where the buildings and roads actually stood is quite a bit of fun. It reminded us a lot of what we did in DC on the Capital Crescent Trail, which has the ruins of some very large industrial works between the old B&O Canal and the Potomac River.
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Our route took us from just to the top-left of Seeley’s Pond, up and around to the right, then tracking roughly around New Providence Rd. on the other side of Green Brook (if you look at the terrain map, you’ll see where the cliff is).