TRAIL SEGMENT #8
DISTANCE: 2.5 miles
STATUS: Open (northern section of Maidenhead Meadows, Future (southern section along Princeton Pike).
SURFACE: Pavement, Stone Dust
START / END: Foxcroft/Princeton Pike – Princeton Pike/Lenox
ACCESS: Access to the LHT is from Princeton Pike at the north end.
PARKING: There are small gravel parking areas on the south side of Princeton Pike across from Foxcroft Drive and across from Maher Ecological Center. There is parking available at the end of Meadow Road at the Brearley House.
The Maidenhead Meadows segment of the LHT travels through the 345-acre park, Lawrence Townships largest parcel. The segment begins on the south side of Princeton Pike across from Foxcroft Drive at a small parking area. The trail continues south along a large open meadow for 0.3 mile before entering a wooded area. The trail follows a primary trail / carriage road through the woods for another 0.5 miles as it winds south-west and returns to another small parking area on Princeton Pike across from the Maher Ecological Center. To continue along the LHT, the current route heads south on Princeton Pike for 0.6 miles to Meadow Road. Turn east on Meadow Road to the end at the Brearley House. From the Brearley House, a spur trail heads east for 0.35 miles to connect with the D & R Canal. The LHT continues south from the Brearley House, crosses open meadows, enters the corporate office campus and intersects with Lenox Drive. Turn west on Lenox Drive to Princeton Pike.
Alternate routes for the trail along Princeton Pike are being explored.
The 345-acre park stretches from I-95 to Province Line Road and from historic Princeton Pike to the D & R Canal. Maidenhead Meadows park, Lawrence’s largest, includes Maidenhead Meadows, the Brearley House, Princessville Cemetery, a former tree nursery and open fields.
Much of this park is wetlands, with some wooded areas, and a large section of cattail meadow near the D&R Canal. Early settlers purchased or leased sections of the meadows for grazing. Portions of their ditch and road network can still be found. Other farm roads run through the park marked by rows of trees planted in the late 1960s, including river birch, pin oaks, sycamores, sugar and red maples, beeches, and white pine. The meadows once extended over hundreds of acres, but have been diminished by nearby development.
Maidenhead Meadows segment is owned and managed by Lawrence Township.