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Seal of the County of HunterdonDepartment of Parks and Recreation
HUNTERDON COUNTY
ARBORETUM
GUIDE


Division of Parks and Recreation
PO Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822-2900
1020 State Route 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833
Phone: 908-782-1158 * Fax: 908-806-4057
parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

PARK HOURS

OFFICE HOURS:
Monday-Wednesday, & Fridays: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday: 8:00am-6:30pm
Saturdays & Sundays: The office is closed, but the Arboretum 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.

2 Level Ceder Wedding Gazebo

 

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.

Children's Garden at the ArboretumDISPLAY 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 EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS Nature studies are conducted by park naturalists or other staff. Scheduled or requested programs include seasonal nature walks, tree studies, pond studies, and insect studies.

A brochure listing the environmental education programs for schools, scouts, or other groups is available at the Park Office.

WEDDIING 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.

Acreage 135
Meeting Room YES
Softball Field NO
Biking Mountain NO
Bridle Trail NO
Canoeing NO
X-Country Skiing YES
Fishing NO
Fitness Trail NO
Gardens YES
Greenhouse YES
Hiking/Nature Trails YES
Horseshoe Court NO
Hunting YES
Information Board YES
Nature Study YES
Picnic Pavilions NO
Picnic Sites YES
Playground Area NO
Restrooms YES
Scenic Overlook NO
Soccer Field NO
Wedding Gazebo YES
Parking YES
Group Camp Sites NO
Reservable Facilities YES

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.

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LOCATION:

PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF ARBORETUM: 1020 HIGHWAY 31, LEBANON, NJ 08833

PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF FURNAS SECTION: 1020 ROUTE 629, STANTON, NJ 08885

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. Click here for directions

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TRAIL MAP AND GUIDE INFORMATION

NOTES: 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 Trail: 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 Trail: 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.

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Basketry WorkshopsRECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Basketry programs, art classes, canoeing, bird trips, van trips, hikes, and other recreational activities are led by park staff. Requested lectures are also available. Obtain a current listing and sign up for these programs at the Park Office. Obtain a current listing and sign up for these programs at the Park Office or visit our Division's Programs and Activities webpage.

HUNTING In order to control the population of deer on park property, hunting is permitted. Hunters must obtain a special permit issued by the Parks Division to be able to hunt on the preserve. Visitors during hunting season are strongly encouraged to wear blaze orange or confine visits to Sundays. See additional information on the Hunterdon County Park System Controlled Hunting Program.

 

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