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Seal of the County of HunterdonDepartment of Parks and Recreation
CUSHETUNK MOUNTAIN
PRESERVE


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 - Friday, 8am to 4:30pm

Bald Eagle at Cushetunk Mountain

Round Valley ReservoirABOUT THE CUSHETUNK MOUNTAIN PRESERVE

Cushetunk Mountain Preserve is part of a horseshoe-shaped mountain that was formed by volcanic activity during the Triassic Period 200 million years ago. The Lenni Lenape called this area Cushetunk," meaning "place of hogs," due to the settlers' hogs who at times escaped and roamed the mountains. Settlers simply called the area "Hog Mountain."

Diabase rock made the area unsuitable for farming, so timber was the dominant early use. The natural bowl formation of the valley led to the state's selection of this site for the creation of the Round Valley Reservoir in the 1960s. Ten homes in the valley were demolished and 16 others were relocated before the area was flooded. At a depth of 180 feet, the reservoir is the deepest body of water in NJ. In 1981, the county acquired 380 acres as open space.

Schick Farm PropertyBALD EAGLE INFORMATION The Cushetunk Mountain range has been home to a nesting pair of Bald Eagles for over 10 years. Bald Eagles, our national symbol, are the county's largest raptor, with a wingspan of seven to eight feet. The white head and tail of the eagle does not develop until its fifth year. Fish are the staple of the eagles' diet, but eagles are known to steal food from other raptors and scavenge off of carcasses.

Bald Eagle populations have grown since the banning of DDT and other pesticides. DDT once poisoned fish and accumulated in the eagles' body, causing their eggs to become thin and often crushed by the weight of the parents. In June of 2007, Bald Eagles had recovered enough to be removed from the federal endangered & threatened species list, although they are still considered threatened in New Jersey.

WILDLIFE AND HABITAT The preserve resides on the northern side of the Cushetunk Mountain. Since it is out of direct sunlight, the habitat is wetter then the southern side. Trees in in the park include chestnut oaks, tulip trees, beeches, and hickories. A variety of woodland birds can be seen or heard throughout the park, including warblers, thrushes, and Ovenbirds in spring. Evidence of woodpeckers can be found on the dead and dying trees. Rocky outcroppings provide excellent habitat for reptiles and the moist seeps provide shelter for amphibians.

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Acreage 380
Meeting Room NO
Softball Field NO
Biking Mtn. YES
Bridle Trail NO
Canoeing NO
X-Country Skiing NO
Fishing NO
Fitness Trail NO
Gardens NO
Greenhouse NO
Hiking/Nature Trails YES
Horseshoe Court NO
Hunting YES
Information Board YES
Nature Study YES
Picnic Pavilions NO
Picnic Sites NO
Playground Area NO
Restrooms NO
Scenic Overlook YES
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:

Cushetunk Mountain Preserve spans across the border of Clinton and Readington Townships. The parking area is located at 106 Old Mountain Road, Lebanon 08833. This park is open from sunrise to sunset. Please note that there are no restroom facilities at this park.

Directions from the Clinton Area: Take I-78 east to Route 22 east. On Route 22, travel until the junction with Route 629. The junction is at a traffic light and marked by a sign for Round Valley. Turn right on Route 629 and proceed for about 0.5 miles until a left-hand turn for the "Boat- Launching Ramp." Turn left and follow the road for another 1.4 miles to Old Mountain Road. Make the right and travel 1.5 miles. Just before the railroad tracks on a curve is a gravel parking lot on the right side.

Directions from the Whitehouse Area: Travel west on Route 22 and exit to the right for Lebanon/Cokesbury. Use the jug handle and cross over Route 22. At the "T" intersection with Main Street, turn left and then make the right-hand turn onto Cherry Street. Go 0.4 miles and after passing under the railroad bridge, turn left onto Old Mountain Road. After 1.5 miles, just before the railroad tracks on a curve is a gravel parking lot on the right side.

PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 106 OLD MOUNTAIN ROAD, LEBANON, NJ 08833

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RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Cushetunk offers many forms of recreational activity, including hiking and mountain biking. Due to the steep inclines, the trails leading to and including the Ridge Trail are considered difficult. A moderate hike can be had by walking from the parking lot to the interior trail and then down to the meadow to get back to the parking lot. Horse-back riding is prohibited in this park.

NOTE: From January 1st to August 1st each year, certain areas of Cushetunk and Round Valley Recreation Area are closed to the public for the protection of the Bald Eagles' nest and habitat. Please help protect the Bald Eagles and obey these
closures.

Access to the Round Valley Recreation Area is prohibited from the Cushetunk Mountain Nature Preserve. For information about Round Valley, contact their office at (908) 236-6355.

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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TRAIL 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.

Recreational Trails: Cushetunk offers many forms of recreational activities. Visitors can hike and mountain bike on the trails. Due to the steep incline as you approach the ridge, these trails are considered difficult. Horse-back riding is prohibited in this park.

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