PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF ARBORETUM:
1020 HIGHWAY 31, LEBANON, NJ 08833
PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF FURNAS SECTION:
1020 ROUTE 629, STANTON, NJ 08885
Phone: 908-782-1158 * Fax: 908-806-4057
Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
The office at the Arboretum is closed on the weekends, but the Gardens & Trails
are open sunrise to sunset.
The Gardens are fenced in but not locked,
come and visit, but please close the gate to keep the deer out.
ABOUT THE ARBORETUM
An arboretum is defined as a living museum comprised of trees, shrubs, and plants that are observed and studied for educational purposes.
This 73-acre site, once a commercial nursery, was established by George Bloomer in the 1940s. Self-taught in landscape design and nursery management, he maintained a labor force of a dozen workers who installed groves of ornamental and native species.
The undeveloped Furnas Section, an additional 32 acres named after the former owner, J.C. Furnas, features a mixed hardwood community that provides habitat for many animals.
Additional property acquired raises the total acreage 135.
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING Constructed in 1953 by George Bloomer as
his nursery office and residence, this building now serves as the administrative office for the Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation
DISPLAY GARDENS Throughout the Arboretum you will see a variety of trees, shrubs, and annuals and perennials, including both native and non-native species. The Arboretum also contains approximately 20,000 square feet of display gardens. The gardens were created for educational purposes. They are also a great place to appreciate nature, meditate, or have a snack. Picnic tables are located throughout the area. In 1997, a deer fence was installed to protect most of the gardens from browsing.
Please be sure to close the gates behind you.
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND RECREATION PROGRAMS Basketry programs, art classes, canoeing, bird trips, van trips, hikes, nature programs, and other recreational activities are led by park staff. Lectures, nature walks, camping skills, and craft programs for groups are also available. Obtain a current listing and sign up for these programs at the Park Office or see our Programs and Activities webpage.
HUNTING Bow hunting, by limited permit, is used to control the deer population. Hunters must obtain a special permit from the Division in order to be able to hunt at this location. Park visitors between September and February are strongly encouraged to wear blaze orange or
confine visits to Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Sundays. See additional information on the Hunterdon County Park System Controlled Hunting Program.
GAZEBOS The centerpiece of the gardens is a renovated 1893 two-level cedar gazebo. Behind the gazebo is an arching trellis with rose bushes, and a small waterfall and birch bench. To the rear of the gardens, a smaller gazebo and a photo bridge are accented by bright-berried hollies, blooming rhododendrons, and a frogladen pond. Extremely popular for wedding ceremonies and photo sessions, both gazebos can be reserved by contacting the Parks office.
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The Hunterdon County Parks and Recreation Division is dedicated to preserving open space and natural resources, providing safe parks and facilities, and offering educational and recreational opportunities, all contributing to an enhanced quality of life for present and future generations.
The Arboretum is on the northbound side of Route 31 in Clinton Township. It is five miles north of Flemington and five miles south of Clinton.
PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF ARBORETUM: 1020 HIGHWAY 31, LEBANON, NJ 08833
PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF FURNAS SECTION: 1020 ROUTE 629, STANTON, NJ 08885
DIRECTIONS TO THE ARBORETUM
From the Somerville Area Follow 202 South until reach the traffic light at the intersection of Route 202 and Church Street (to right) and Voorhees Corner Road (to left). Make a right onto Church Street. At first traffic light (Wawa on right hand corner), make a right onto Route 31 North. Follow Route 31 north approximately 6 miles to the County Park System Office.
From the Frenchtown Area Follow Route 12 toward Flemington. At first traffic circle go half way around (stay on Route 12), at second traffic circle go three quarters of the way around - to Main Street. Stay on Main Street - and bear to the left before the War Monument. Take the second road on your right, Walter Foran Boulevard.. At the first traffic light make a left onto Route 31 North. Follow Route 31 north approximately 6 miles to the County Park System Office.
From the Lambertville/Trenton Area Follow Route 202 North toward Flemington. At traffic light by the Flemington Cinema Plaza take U-Turn towards South Main Street. (This is located after all of the car dealerships on Route 202). Follow South Main Street to the Main Street traffic circle. Go one half way around the circle - to Main Street. - and bear to the left before the War Monument. Take the second road on your right, Walter Foran Boulevard.. At the first traffic light make a left onto Route 31 North. Follow Route 31 north approximately 6 miles to the County Park System Office.
TRAIL MAP AND GUIDE INFORMATION
Trail Guides are set up as foldable brochures. Please print and fold in half vertically to view in proper order. Additionally, you may have to rearrange pages. Maps should be printed on Legal Size Paper.
The trails cover two miles of flat terrain through a network of ornamental tree and shrub plantations. They are marked by orange squares, and offer good hiking, and, in winter, cross-country skiing. Trails are sometimes wet.
Outer Loop Trai: This trail winds through fields, tree plantings, wetlands, a stream, and along a pond. It is a 1.1 mile loop. There is a sitting area with a bench about half way around, nestled in a grove of white pine.
Discovery Trail This short trail, which connects the Outer Loop and the Two-line Trail,
demonstrates field succession. Cedar trees were one of the first plants to colonize this field habitat.
Memorial Trai: This trail cuts through a field where deer love to graze. This trail is very wet in spring or after heavy rains.
Dogwood Trail As its name suggests, dogwood trees are prevalent along this trail.
Their beautiful pink and white flowers bloom early in the spring, and the bright red fruits
provide a good source of food for birds in the fall and winter. Also of note are the large yews that were planted along this trail.
Boardwalk/ Wetland Study Area Named for the late naturalist, Vincent Arbraitys, this area is rich with a diversity of wetland plants such as skunk cabbage, cattails, and ferns.
Two-Line Trail This trail is named after a small woodland amphibian called the Two-lined Salamander. The deciduous and evergreen woods you will walk through on this trail make it obvious that this was once a nursery, since the trees are planted in rows! The intersection of the Two-line Trail and the Memorial trail is very wet in spring or after heavy rains.
Wizard Walk This short trail involves stops geared toward children, including animal hiding places, a discovery box, and a castle.