A curtain of evergreens surrounds the trail head, revealing a long, beckoning corridor through the woods – a fitting welcome since the Loveless family formerly ran a Christmas tree farm. This ruler-straight stretch empties into a three-way fork at a square meadow. At this point, confusion set in for me. The map shows a “blazed trail,” which I thought I was pursuing when I veered right toward a monumental beech tree. Then I veered left and into the greater woods, where I found a tire swing, lovely brook, pretty beaches and picturesque views – but nary a blaze.
I scampered across the brook and over the high grasses to the path under the massive electrical towers that I had mistaken for the Johnson Trolley Line – which I followed until it met the actual – and perpendicular – Johnson Trolley Line Trail. Just after crossing the Trolly Line footbridge, I strayed onto another alluring trail – into Lawrenceville’s Central Park, which I followed back around to the Trolly Line again. I walked back along the Trolly Line toward the same footbridge and found a well-worn but unmarked trail heading back into Loveless Preserve which I now believe to be the “blazed trail.” I wound through beautiful evergreens and eventually reconvened with my friend, the monumental beech – and close to the corridor back to the car.