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ASSISCONG MARSH
NATURAL AREA
GUIDE

Part of the South Branch Section

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

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OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Friday, 8am to 4:30pm

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Hunterdon County Assicong Marsh Natural Area


 

ABOUT THE ASSISCONG MARSH

Recreational OpportunitiesThe 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 26
Meeting Room NO
Softball Field NO
Biking Mtn. NO
Bridle Trail NO
Canoeing NO
X-Country Skiing NO
Fishing NO
Fitness Trail NO
Gardens NO
Greenhouse NO
Hiking/Nature Trails NO
Horseshoe Court NO
Hunting NO
Information Board YES
Nature Study YES
Picnic Pavilions NO
Picnic Sites NO
Playground Area NO
Restrooms NO
Scenic Overlook NO
Soccer Field NO
Wedding Gazebo NO
Parking YES
Group Camp Sites NO
Reservable Facilities 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 on River Road in 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 to the junction with Route 612 (Bartles Corner Road). At the traffic light, turn right and proceed 0.6 miles to River Road. Turn left and proceed 0.2 miles. The parking lot is on the right.

Directions from the Clinton Area: From Route 78 junction, take Route 31 south for approximately 9 miles to the intersection with Route 612 (Bartles Corner Road). At the traffic light, turn right onto Bartles Corner Road and proceed 0.6 miles to River Road. Turn left onto River Road and proceed 0.2 miles. The parking lot is on the right.

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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 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.

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Photos Courtesy of Tom Gunia
Common Snipe Killdeer Killdeer
 

 

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