This road offers a fairly unique combination of habitats, with the Ausable River on one side and open fields on the other, and an opportunity to see a variety of birds in a relatively small area.
HABITATS: Riverine riparian area, open field, mixed northern hardwood forests.
FEATURED BIRDS: American kestrel, belted kingfisher, Eastern kingbird, yellow warbler, great blue heron, red-winged blackbird, hermit thrush, Eastern bluebird.
SEASON: Spring, summer, fall.
LOCATION: Haselton Road is off Route 86 on the eastern side of the Ausable River. It crosses the river after 3 miles and eventually leads to the Silver Lake Road in the town of Black Brook.
LANDOWNERSHIP: Most of the land, including the river shoreline, is privately owned. To check out the river and go on a hike, check out the Beaver Brook Tract trail system. The trailhead and parking area are about 6 miles north of the Route 86 intersection.
NOTES: If you are a birder and a biker, you may just want combine your interests and pedal along this popular cycling route. The Beaver Brook Tract is also a hotspot for mountain bikers.