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Hiking Opportunities in Middlesex County’s
Parks and Open Space Preserves


Thompson Park Conservation Area

Near the trailhead at Tamarack Hollow in the Fall

 


Middlesex County maintains many miles of walking and hiking trails on county-owned property. From paved pathways around the Lake in Roosevelt Park, to the rocky trail along Farrington Lake, to the sandy Pine Barrens trails in Phillips Park and Preserve. Visitors may find hiking locations which are suitable for families with small children, for novice hikers ,and for more experienced trekkers who are looking for nearby day-hikes.

Hiking is an inexpensive and easy way to stay healthy. The American Hiking Society states that even low-intensity hiking can promote weight loss, reduce risk from heart disease, diabetes and hypertension and can improve mental health.

Middlesex County Parks are open from sunrise to sunset, 7 days per week.

For maps of our developed parks click http://co.middlesex.nj.us/parksrecreation/parks.asp

Camping, horseback riding, alcoholic beverages, fireworks and motor vehicles are prohibited. Hunting is prohibited except by permit at select locations. A complete description of park rules and regulations can be found at http://co.middlesex.nj.us/parksrecreation/rules.asp

Some properties are part of our Deer Management program. Hunting takes place during the state permitted seasons. At these locations, hikers should restrict their visits to Sundays when no hunting is permitted OR wear blaze orange and hike with caution.

  • All hikers should be prepared before they get out onto the trails:
  • Be aware of weather conditions
  • Wear proper footwear and dress for the weather
  • Stay hydrated
  • Dress and prepare to reduce the risk of tick-borne diseases
  • Do not approach wildlife
  • Stay on the marked trails
  • Be courteous to others while on the trail
  • Leave only footprints and take only pictures (no littering or removing any plants or animals)
  • Bring along a trail map
  • Be realistic about how much distance you should cover
  • Let someone know where you will be hiking and what time you will return

 

Heathcote Meadows Preserve
South Brunswick (near Kingston)
A picturesque trail leads through a meadow.
Connecting trails take you to nearby Cook Natural Area, Mapleton Preserve and D&R Canal State Park.
View from the Trail at Heathcote Meadows Preserve
View from the Trail at Heathcote Meadows Preserve
Farrington Lake Trail
South Brunswick/East Brunswick
A rocky trail that leads along Farrington Lake towards the Ireland Brook.
Autumn Colors along Farrington Lake
Autumn Colors along Farrington Lake

Autumn Colors along Farrington Lake
Bridge over Wetlands at Phillips Preserve
John A. Phillips Preserve
Old Bridge
Observe New Jersey Pine Barrens plants and animals on nearly 5 miles of hiking trails. A self-guided
Nature Trail can be found here.
Thompson Park & Thompson Park Conservation Area
Monroe Township
Some of the oldest and most well-used trails in the County. Great for fall foliage and seasonal bird migration. Many trails originate near the Dog Park area. The TPCA trailhead located off Prospect Plains Road. Some trails have moderate inclines and wander in the floodplain of the Manalapan Brook.
Autumn Colors along Farrington Lake
Birding at Thompson Park Conservation Area
Tamarack Hollow Preserve
Tamarack Hollow Preserve
Tamarack Hollow Preserve
East Brunswick
Enjoy trails that travel through deciduous forest dominated
by beech, maple and oak.
Scotts Corner Conservation Area
South Brunswick
A short loop trail through an open beech forest. The trail borders some wetlands, former agricultural fields and sports fields.
Stepping Stones at Scott’s Corner Conservation Area
Stepping Stones at Scott’s Corner Conservation Area
Jamesburg Park Conservation Area
Helmetta/Monroe Township/Spotswood/East Brunswick
Experience the unique habitat of a pine barrens “outlier”. Pitch pine, oaks, blueberries and huckleberries dominate the sandy uplands. Atlantic white cedar can be found in the wetlands. Rare and threatened plant and animal species can be found here.
View in Jamesburg Park Conservation Area
View in Jamesburg Park Conservation Area
Davidson’s Mill Pond Park
Davidson’s Mill Pond Park
Davidson’s Mill Pond County Park
South Brunswick
More than 2 miles of trails along historic Davidson’s Mill Pond, through fields, and
forests.
Ireland Brook Conservation Area
East Brunswick/South Brunswick
Several miles of trails through deciduous forest, open meadows, and along the Ireland Brook.
Winter Scene at Ireland Brook Conservation Area
Winter Scene at Ireland Brook Conservation Area