Black Spruce Bog hike: like a trip back to prehistory

Cinnamon fern is among the profusion of plants in the bog. Signage helps with identification of varieties. Photo by Karen Bartomioli

CORNWALL — Hiking always demands some preparation:the right footwear, water, a map. A flashlight.

But one face of Mohawk Mountain has a section so unusual that it calls for preparations that are different, even unique.

It is an easy, mostly flat hike on a loop no more than a mile long. The only essential is that hikers do a little homework beforehand.

The Black Spruce Bog can only truly be appreciated when one knows its back story — which would be 10,000 years of history.

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