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Shale, conglomerate and sandstone comprise the rock, which has been subjected to several mountain-building events, one reason why Tillman Ravine is protected.Walkers will enjoy seeing the moss-covered uplifted formations and climbing through a few, but stay on the trail please.Across the stream, the embankment rises with lanky native Great Rhododendron, a.k.a.Rhododendron maximum, reaching their branches over the water.Nearly everywhere you look there are rocks; big ones, little ones, sometimes fields of them.Curious explorers cannot help but wonder why some have drawn enough attention in days gone by to have been given names of their own.Seeing this, one can imagine the futile attempt to plant even a small plant under a tree, being oblivious to its mass of woven roots under the soil.
Just one-half square mile large, it is packed with history, old buildings, new business and interesting people, and where contemporary meets traditional.This six hundred plus acre pocket of undeveloped property, lies not far from one of Morris County's busiest highways: Interstate Route 80. Untouched land in New Jersey is rare if not non-existent.Musconetcong Gorge Reservation has a special mix of natural and human history that makes it a rewarding botanical site in the late spring months of May and June.A few big old sugar maples dot the land as do shagbark hickory.It’s an adventure in a beautiful place protected by law but now at the mercy of quite invasive species such as the almost ever-present Japanese stilt grass.
Before white settlers, the land belonged to the Lenape, who apparently gathered here to discuss important matters among the noisy, sound-proofing waterfalls.