Muriel Hepner Park, named after a long-time community volunteer, is a lovely slice of nature in Denville. Situated on Diamond Spring Road across from Valleyview Middle School, the grounds feature a pond surrounded by a paved walking path (3 laps = a mile!) that takes you over a stone bridge and through a wooded section. A fountain keeps the water moving and fishermen and wildlife alike enjoy the fish. The park features extensive parking and a fenced in playground for the kids, as well as numerous benches and spots to enjoy the peaceful vibe.
Just past the playground you’ll spot an entrance into the woods to a newly improved trail lined with wood chips. The main trail takes you around the swampy area beyond the stone bridge and connects to other trails on the other side of the pond. Numerous wooden bridges and platforms, placed by local Boy Scouts, get you over the muddiest spots!
The park is also a great place to wildlife! Many gaggles of Canada geese, swans, ducks, and what we believe to be a grey heron (correct us if we’re wrong!) enjoy the water. Herds of deer can be spotted early mornings as well as turtles in the spring. See if you can spot the wildlife in these photos:
Muriel Hepner Park is lovely in any season, take some time to enjoy it!