MIDDLETOWN, NJ--The completed portion of a trail accessible from Route 36 in Navesink in Campo Woods will be dedicated on October 1, 2016. A bronze plaque commemorating the Campo family’s donation of this land will be dedicated by Middletown Mayor Gerard P. Scharfenberger on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 12:15 pm. The dedication will be on the south side of Route 36, behind Cottage Gate.
This portion of the trail has now been extended to connect with a trail system at Hartshorne Woods County Park. It included creating three miles of new trails with new signage and improvements to the parking lot at the trail access point.
The goal is to eventually connect the Campo Trail with existing trail systems including the Henry Hudson Trail, the Bayshore Trail, and to continue a connection out to Sandy Hook. The trail extension was funded by a $24,000 state grant from the New Jersey Recreational Trails Program, administered by the Green Acres Program of DEP.
The Campo tract was donated to Middletown Township in 2005 as open space by the Campo family of Middletown. Anthony Campo was a decorated World War II Army veteran who was raised in Belford, raised his own family in New Monmouth with his wife Maria, and later, lived in Belmar.
The dedication on the plaque begins: “This is how Mother Nature works her Miracles…so wildlife can survive.” Mr. Campo believed “a long walk outside could solve any problem.” He wanted the land to be a testament to his belief in the “simple things: family, nature, and hard, honest work…” and he gives the invitation to generations to come to enjoy these trails and open space as part of his legacy.
Special thanks for making the trail connection possible go to the Campo family and the Environmental Commissions of Middletown Township and the Borough of Atlantic Highlands.
Photos: Volunteers work on the trail during Earth Day 2016. Courtesy Carolyn Campo