One of my favorite parts of the entire hike was eating so many blueberries and huckleberries! The trail was filled with them. They were quite ubiquitous at Sam's Point - they were EVERYWHERE!. I have to say I consumed almost 2 cups of these tiny, flavorful berries. Of course, I did my share of tripping on rocks in the path because my eyes weren't on the path, but rather on the bushes to the left and right of me so that I could grab a few berries and keep walking.
The area is well known for the abundance of berries. They even have old huckleberry shacks that were used years ago by people who came up there and did nothing but pick the berries and bring them back to New York City or New Jersey.
Many of you know how healthy blueberries are since they are loaded with antioxidants. Here's some info on huckleberries:
- They are very good sources of B vitamins.
- They contain high levels of Vitamin C.
- Potassium is also found in huckleberries.
- They are also rich sources of iron.
I think I got a good dose of vitamins and minerals on my hike.
There are all kinds of hikes at Sam's Point. There are shorter and longer ones. All doable. Wear good boots if you decided to do the full loop like we did. There is a lot of sun on top of the reserve. We spent a lot of time in the sun so be sure to wear a hat, bring PLENTY of water and definitely some food to munch on. There are many beautiful crests where you can enjoy a snack and take in the beauty. I'm looking forward to going back in the fall when it's a bit cooler (and have a new pair of boots). Like my friend Todd was telling me on the way down when both of us were dealing with blisters, "Be in the moment." It was fine advice. Thanks Todd!