of the History Trail
Reservation History Trail was an Eagle Scout project, designed and
executed by Robert Gruytch of Roselle Park. Gruytch, with the help
of adults and scouts from Troop 56 in Roselle Park, logged 322 hours
in creating the six-mile trail.
He completed the
project during his junior and senior years, graduating from Roselle
Park High School in 2010. He is going into his sophomore year at
Montclair University, where he is majoring in astrophysics. He hopes
to work for NASA.
The project was
a perfect fit for him. “I have a love for hiking,” he said,
following the trail’s dedication on National Trails Day, June 4,
2011. “I did my first hike for hiking merit badge up here in the
part of the hike is just north of the Drake House (Site 5ab) where
there is a stand of evergreen trees. “The smell. The scenery.
They’re just beautiful,” he said.