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ASSISCONG MARSH
NATURAL AREA

Part of the South Branch Section

PHYSICAL ADDRESS:
150 RIVER ROAD, FLEMINGTON, NJ 08822

Phone: 908-782-1158 * Fax: 908-806-4057
parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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Hunterdon County Assicong Marsh Natural Area

 

ABOUT THE ASSISCONG MARSH

The Assiscong Marsh is Hunterdon County’s largest freshwater marsh, spanning 25 acres. Wetlands were once considered places of little value and were lost to development. However, areas like Assiscong Marsh act as natural detention basins to channel flood waters during storms and prevent damage to other areas.

The marsh attracts and supports a spectacular concentration of migratory and resident waterfowl that use it as a resting or breeding area along the Atlantic Flyway. It is also home to other wildlife, such as muskrats, frogs, snakes, and turtles. The County acquired the Assiscong Marsh in 1974 as one of the first properties along the South Branch Reservation. Today, the reservation totals over 1000 acres and Preserves the watershed along the South Branch of the Raritan River, as well as offering recreational opportunities to explore its natural resources.

Acreage 43
Meeting Room NO
Mountain Biking NO
Campsites NO
Canoe Access NO
Cross County Skiing NO
Fishing NO
Fitness Trail NO
Gardens NO
Hiking/Nature Trails NO
Horseshoe Court NO
Horse Trails NO
Hunting NO
Information Boards YES
Nature Study YES
Picnic Pavilions NO
Picnic Sites NO
Playground NO
Restrooms NO
Scenic Vistas NO
Sledding Area NO
Soccer & Baseball/Softball Fields NO
Visitor Center NO
Gazebo NO
Parking YES
Reservable Facility NO

 

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:

The Assiscong Marsh Section is located at 150 River Road, Flemington 08822 (Raritan Township). The park is open from sunrise to sunset. No restroom facilities are available.

PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 150 RIVER ROAD, FLEMINGTON, NJ 08822

Directions from the Flemington Area: Take Route 31 north from the Flemington Circle about 4 miles and make a right onto River Road. Proceed on River Road about 0.8 miles until you see the gravel lot on the left.

Directions from the Clinton Area:From the Route 78 junction, take Route 31 south for approximately 8 miles. Do not take the River Road junction. Make a U-turn to get onto Route 31 North by taking the jug handle onto Sand Hill Road (make a left at the stop sign followed by another left at the light). Proceed on Route 31 North for about 1 mile and make the right turn onto River Road. Proceed 0.8 miles and the gravel lot is on the left.

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RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

The Assiscong Marsh is a wonderful location to observe wildlife. The marsh serves as a resting and breeding area for migrating birds along the Atlantic Flyway. Regular inhabitants include Canada Geese, Mallards, Black Ducks, Wood Ducks, Northern Pintails, and many others. Great Blue Herons and shorebirds can be seen in the marsh when the water level is low. The marsh is also home to muskrats.

Like beavers, muskrats build lodges from trees or plants that they cut down. Search along the vegetation line and at the base of trees for evidence of their activity. All wildlife viewing is from the road shoulder—there is no access to the far side of the water.

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Photos Courtesy of Tom Gunia

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PHYSICAL ADDRESS: Hunterdon County Arboretum, 1020 Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833       MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822
PHONE: 908-782-1158       EMAIL: parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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