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See the Magical Fairy Trail Hidden in Suburban New Jersey

Get a glimpse of the cottages and doorways of this magical fairy village in New Jersey made by special education teacher Therese Ojibway.

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Special education teacher Therese Ojibway, 60, started to transform the trails of the South Mountain Reservation near her Milburn, New Jersey home about five years ago. Read more about her amazing story here. Here, a friendly welcome greets visitors as they begin the trail. If you’re ever driving through and want to visit the South Moutain Fairy Trail make sure to check their Facebook page for updates on the park first. Check out these other secret locations in every state.

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Visitors of all sizes

Ojibway’s handiwork has attracted visitors big and small to South Mountain Reserve.

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A warm invitation

Even the fairies are invited to stay and make their homes in the village. Take a look at these jaw-dropping photos of the world’s most beautiful countries.

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Humble abode

On this trail, birdhouses are meant for more than just birds.

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The neighborhood

Over the five years Ojibway has been constructing this trail, more cottages have popped up in the corners of this forest. Did you know about these hidden gems in every state?

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Pumpkin patch

Some homes even have little yards, like this one with a pumpkin patch—a picturesque autumn scene.

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Tidying up

Along the trail, plenty of little surprises lie hidden in houses, under roots, or inside fallen trees. You probably never knew about these secret chambers hidden inside famous landmarks.

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Hidden gems

Some additions to the village take some searching to find, like this miniature vanity set.

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Signs posted on the trail remind human visitors to be careful around houses—and inhabitants—much smaller than they are. These mountain towns look like a storybook paradise in winter.

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A forest reborn

This fallen tree has life again, thanks to the new dwelling embedded in its roots.

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Log hideout

A hollow log becomes a secret hideaway, complete with a getaway ladder.

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Mossy living

Ojibway started building fairy houses with moss as a young girl in Lansing, Michigan. Now she’s passing on her visions. Unlike this enchanted forest, these are the most haunted forests in the world.

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Fairy furniture

Sticks can be glued together to make chairs and tables.

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Tree transformation

Sometimes Ojibway takes what she sees in nature and envisions a fairy home out of it, like turning this tree into a cozy abode by adding a door. These are the most amazing trees around the world.

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Troll inspection

Ojibway often checks up on her creations to make sure no trolls—or forest animals—have tampered with the trail.

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The woman behind it all

Ojibway’s imagination and creative talent is the real magic behind this enchanted place. Check out some of the other nicest places in America.