Trail Guides
Hunterdon County Arboretum/Hunterdon County Department of Parks and Recreation

1020 Route 31 North, Clinton Township, NJ
Phone: (908) 782-1158

OWNER:  Hunterdon County

DIRECTIONS:  Return to Route 31 North via W. Woodschurch Road. Proceed north on Route 31. After 1.5 miles look for the Hunterdon County Department of Parks and Recreation signs on the Right. Turn into the parking lot on the Right. Call the Parks Department for information about nature programs and special events.   Map
ACCESS AND PARKING:  Open daily from dawn to dusk. A paved parking lot is available next to the Hunterdon County Parks Department building. The arboretum entrance can be found in the back of the parks department building.

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SITE DESCRIPTION:  Once a nursery that was planted with trees, shrubs and native and exotic plants, the 73-acre arboretum is open to the public and shares its property with the administrative offices of the Hunterdon County Parks and Recreation Department. Before touring the grounds, stop in at the Parks Department office to pick up a self-guiding nature trail brochure, or visit their website to obtain one. The gardens of the arboretum begin blooming in spring; tulips, daffodils, quince, weeping cherry, flowering dogwood, forsythia, mountain laurel and flowering crabapple all lend color to nature’s palette. This is a great place to look for butterflies such as Red Admiral, Painted and American Ladies, Monarch and Orange Sulphur to name a few. A walk around and up into the gazebo that was built in 1893, and is the oldest in the state, gives a bird’s eye view of the gardens. After admiring the gardens, pass through the gate at the far end to find a pond and gazebo surrounded by rhododendron and azalea, along with access to walking trails. The pond attracts wildlife; serenading frogs are harbingers of early spring. Check for waterfowl and there might even be a heron or egret. Enjoy any one or all six different trails, and make a stop at the Boardwalk/Wetland Study area to learn about freshwater wetland habitat. Spring is sure to bring in warblers such as Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart and Yellow and Black-and-white Warblers, along with Baltimore Oriole, House Wren, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher and Eastern Phoebe. The Hunterdon Parks Department building contains a natural history display, along with helpful staff willing to discuss all the parks department’s sites.

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