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.

BEST SEASON TO VISIT: Spring, summer, fall.

Getting there

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. 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.

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