Hunterdon County, NJ | Department of Planning, Economic Development and Land Use | CHARLESTOWN RESERVE














Charlestown Reserve


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Schick Reserve - Guide and Trail Information


Bank Barn at the Schick ReserveCharlestown is named after a handful of residential homes and a one-room schoolhouse. Charles Hovies (1898-1972) acquired three abandoned farms on this site in 1943 and established apple and peach orchards. In 1958, he married Harriet Mathison, and also planted Christmas trees and groves of beech, tulip poplar, black locust, and persimmon.

Following Charles’s death, Harriet remained on the farm and sold 203 acres to the County in 1981. She retained 12 acres around the house for herself, which she deeded to the County in 1989 with a clause granting her a life-right to
the property. After she passed away in 2000, the County acquired additional acreage, now totaling 269 acres. Serving as an island of green in the area north of Interstate 78, the land has been held in trust as a conservation area. Adjacent state land adds additional area where plants can thrive and animals can roam.

WILDLIFE AND HABITAT The main habitat at Charlestown is second generation oak-hickory forest. Along the trail are stone walls, which provide evidence of Charlestown’s agrarian past. Today, these stone walls provide habitat for snakes and small mammals such as chipmunks. The rocky hillsides and other secluded areas of Charlestown provide a haven for Hunterdon County’s more reclusive mammals. Gray Fox evidence, such as scat and tracks, has been found. The preserve also supports a wide range of woodland bird species. Tufted Titmice and Black-capped Chickadees are common sights. Red-tailed Hawks and Turkey Vultures can usually be seen flying above. Wild Turkeys take advantage of the large supply of acorns and other nuts. Woodpeckers, such as Downy or Red-bellied Woodpeckers, can be seen and heard drilling the trees.

RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Charlestown offers a moderate-grade hiking trail. The trailhead is located at the right corner of the parking lot. The trail starts with a moderate climb up a hillside and eventually intersects with an old field road. The old road meanders through the park and loops back on itself. Mountain biking is permitted within the park, but horseback riding is prohibited.

HUNTING is permitted to control the deer population. Hunters must obtain a special permit issued by the Division. Visitors between September and February are strongly encouraged to wear blaze orange or confine visits to Sundays. See additional information on the Hunterdon County Park System Controlled Hunting Program.

With the exception of park properties with reservable facilities, all properties are “carry in / carry out” and trash/recycling receptacles are not provided.  Please plan accordingly and do not leave any trash/recyclables behind. 

Acreage 269
Meeting Room NO
Mountain Biking YES
Campsites NO
Canoe Access YES
Cross County Skiing NO
Fishing NO
Fitness Trail NO
Gardens NO
Hiking/Nature Trails YES
Horseshoe Court NO
Horse Trails NO
Hunting YES
Information Boards NO
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 Charlestown Reserve is located at 40 Charlestown Road, Hampton 08827 (Bethlehem Township). The park is open from sunrise to


Directions from the Clinton Area From the junction with Interstate 78, travel north on Route 31 for approximately 6 miles. In Glen Gardner, make a left at the second traffic light onto Glen Manor Road. Proceed to the end of the road. Turn left onto Black Brook Road and then make the first right onto Mullin Lane. At the end of Mullin Lane, make a left onto Route 635 (also known as Charlestown Rd). The entrance to the reserve is on the right.

Directions from the Bloomsbury Area Take Interstate 78 east to exit 12. From exit 12, travel north on Route 635 (also known as Charlestown Rd). Proceed on Route 635 for approximately 4.5 miles to the park. The parking lot will be on the left-hand side.

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It is the policy of the County to provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities upon advance notice of need. Persons  requiring accommodations should make a request at least two weeks prior to program attendance.

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The Arches Section is located along West Main Street, High Bridge 08829. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. No restroom facilities are available. Parking is available on West Main (513) and Arch Street.

Trail Guides are set up with the brochure on one side, and the map on the other.  The brochure should be printed on legal size page, and the map can be printed on standard 8 ½ x 11” paper. 

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