John A. Phillips Open Space Preserve
Valley Road, Old Bridge
- Conservation Area
John A. Phillips Preserve Trail Map (Adobe PDF)
is the largest contiguous holding the County's park system. The park
is situated in the southeastern area of the County. It is located on
the southbound side of Route 18 between Maple Street and Marlboro Road
and extends to Old Bridge-Englishtown Road (County Road 527). The southeastern
boundary is along Texas Road.
preserve includes 1,051 acres of wetlands and 677 acres of uplands,
incorporating heavily forested areas.
stream corridors run through the area, including the Iresick Brook and
a tributary of the Barclay Brook. Both of these streams enter the Matchaponix
Brook, a major tributary of the South River. This open space also provides
water quality protection for the South River and groundwater supply
recharge serving the Duhernal Water System well fields located downstream
along the Matchaponix Brook.