Hunterdon County, NJ | Department of Planning, Economic Development and Land Use | CLOVER HILL PARK AND THE SOUTH BRANCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA

 


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Clover Hill Park
and the
South Branch Wildlife Management Area

CLOVER HILL PARK
19 CLOVER HILL ROAD, FLEMINGTON, NJ 08822

SOUTH BRANCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
422 THREE BRIDGES ROAD, FLEMINGTON, NJ 08822


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


Deer Path Park Guide and Trail Map

ABOUT CLOVER HILL PARK AND THE SOUTH BRANCH WATERSHED MANAGEMENT AREA:

The Clover Hill Park and South Branch Wildlife Management Area (SBWMA) consist of 553 acres of rolling fields, mature woodlands, and several creeks. While Clover Hill is owned by Hunterdon County, the State of New Jersey owns the SBWMA but entered into an agreement for the County to manage the whole property in 2008.

This property was once along the Keith Line (1686), which divided the provinces of East and West Jersey. John P. Case, Jr., purchased the site for a poultry farm in 1930. The farm had a four-story barn that housed chickens in addition to two metal chick hatchery sheds. Considered the last full-scale chick hatchery in the state, the farm served an average of 60 customers a day. The land was eventually sold for the creation of a pharmaceutical research farm. The County, in conjunction with the State, acquired the property in 2000, with the County owning 116 acres outright.

AGRICULTURAL USE The County contracts much of the land to a local farmer, who has agreed to comply with a management plan. Please be considerate. Stay on the trails and do not pick or damage any crops.

HABITAT OF CLOVER HILL PARK AND SBWMA While most of the SBWMA is contracted for agriculture, some of the fields are managed for grassland habitat. A multi-agency team lead by New Jersey Audubon has been reclaiming and re-seeding old fields into warm season grasses
with the hopes of establishing several grassland bird species, such as Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, and Grasshopper Sparrow. Along the trail system, visitors will see artificial houses to encourage Eastern Bluebirds and American Kestrels. Migrating waterfowl and herons may stop for a break at the pond.

RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES Clover Hill Park & SBWMA are undeveloped parks. The trail system consists of old paved driveways and the farmer’s service roads. One can use the trail system to hike from Clover Hill Road across the park to Hillsborough Road in Somerset County. Mountain biking, crosscountry skiing, and horseback riding are all permitted uses on the trails within this park. A small pond near the Hillsborough Road entrance is designated for catch and release fishing.

HUNTING In order to control the population of deer on park property, hunting is permitted. To hunt either the County- or State-owned portion of the park, hunters must obtain a permit from the County. Visitors during between September and February are strongly encouraged to wear blaze orange or confine their visits to Sundays on the County-owned portion. The State owned portion is subject to current Fish &
Wildlife Rules and Regulations, which permit hunting on Sundays. See additional information on the Hunterdon County Park System Controlled Hunting Program.

CLOVER HILL:

Acreage 116
Meeting Room NO
Mountain Biking YES

Campsites

NO
Canoe Access NO
Cross County Skiing YES
Fishing YES
Fitness Trail NO
Gardens NO
Hiking/Nature Trails YES
Horseshoe Court NO
Horse Trails YES
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
 

SOUTH BRANCH WATERSHED MANAGEMENT AREA:

Acreage 437
Meeting Room NO
Mountain Biking YES

Campsites

NO
Canoe Access NO
Cross County Skiing YES
Fishing NO
Fitness Trail NO
Gardens NO
Hiking/Nature Trails YES
Horseshoe Court NO
Horse Trails YES
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

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LOCATION:

Location: Clover Hill Park and SBWMA are located in Raritan Township at 19 Clover Hill Road, Flemington 08822, and Hillsborough Road in Somerset County. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. There are no restroom facilities.

Physical Addresses

CLOVER HILL PARK 19 CLOVER HILL ROAD, FLEMINGTON, NJ 08822
SOUTH BRANCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA 422 THREE BRIDGES ROAD, FLEMINGTON, NJ 08822

Directions from the Flemington Area to Clover Hill Park From the Flemington Circle, proceed north on Route 202 for 1/2 mile to the intersection with Route 650 (Voorhees Corner Road). Take Route 650 to the end and turn right onto Route 613. Go a short distance and turn left onto Clover Hill Road. The park entrance is on the left about 1/3 mile. When you park, please do not block the gate.

Directions from the Flemington Area to South Branch WMA From the Flemington Circle, proceed north on Route 202 for 1/2 mile to the intersection with Route 650 (Voorhees Corner Road). Take Route 650 to the end and turn left onto Route 613. Go about one mile and turn right onto Hillsborough Road, which is the last turn before you cross the river. The park entrance is on the right in about 1/2 mile.

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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.

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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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