ABOUT DEER PATH PARK
When Alois and Berta Batz bought a 122-acre farm in 1952, they envisioned it as a family retreat for visitors to enjoy. They constructed a bathhouse, boathouse, and a playground. In 1968, they established Deer Path Camp for children. Retiring from farming, the Batzes converted tractor storage sheds into shaded picnic sites and a corncrib into the camp's office and nurse's station. For $25 a week, children from ages 5 to 13 could participate in swimming, boating, horseback riding, archery, tennis, and more. An estimated 125 children attended the camp each year.
The county acquired the property in 1977 for use as an active park. Deer Path Park, which officially opened in 1985, provides a wide diversity of recreational activities for the public.
MEMORIAL GAZEBO AND GARDEN Named in remembrance of Alois and Berta Batz, this gazebo and small garden offer a place
of color and tranquility along the pond. They are popular for wedding photos.
SPECIAL EVENTS Special events and performances are offered at Deer Path Park at various times throughout the year. The most notable is the Summer Concert Series. Other events have included performance camp, community festivals, and scout events. Contact the main office for the latest schedule of community events.
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.
PHYSICAL LOCATION: 120 WEST WOODSCHURCH ROAD, FLEMINGTON, NJ 08822
Location: Deer Path Park is located in Readington Township on West Woodschurch Road. The park is open from 8:00 AM to sunset.
Directions from the Flemington Area: Take Route 31 north about 4 miles from the Flemington Circle. Turn right onto West Woodschurch Road, following the signs for Deer Path Park and the YMCA. Proceed about 0.7 miles on West Woodschurch Road to the entrance to the park on the right. The YMCA's entrance is the immediate right off of the driveway. Continue pass the YMCA entrance. The parking lot for the fields will be visible on the left-hand side of the driveway. The main parking lot for the park is located at the end of the driveway near the rest rooms.
Directions from the Clinton Area: Take Route 31 south about 6.5 miles from Interstate 78. Use the jughandle for West Woodschurch Road to cross over Route 31. Follow the signs for Deer Path Park and the YMCA. Then follow the corresponding directions above
FISHING Deer Path Pond is a 3-acre spring-fed pond which offers wide open banks. Anglers can fish for a variety of species which include bass,
catfish, and sunfish. The pond is designated for
catch and release and State Fish and Wildlife rules apply.
PICNIC AND PAVILION FACILITIES Deer Path offers free walk-in picnic sites with grills at Locust Grove and Hideaway Pavilions. The Cedars and Overlook Pavilions are reservable for groups of 25 or more people. Both are located near parking areas and include running water and electric onsite. Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted, except by special permit at the Cedars Pavilion.
SOFTBALL FIELDS There are two soccer fields and a softball field that can be reserved independently or in conjunction with a pavilion. The soccer fields were constructed by the Hunterdon United Soccer Club and serve as their home fields.
RESERVATIONS Reservations for use of the picnic pavilions, sports fields, or gazebo for special events such
as weddings can be made by contacting the Park Office (Arboretum) during business hours. Also visit our webpage regarding facility reservation information.
TRAIL MAPS & GUIDES
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.
The one-mile fitness trail consists of 20 different exercise stations. The stations offer a balanced program of muscle toning, cardiovascular, and flexibility exercises.
Along with the fitness trail, an additional two miles of trails are available for running or walking. Pets must be kept on a leash at all times. Owners must clean up after their pets.
These trails also serve as the home course for the Hunterdon Central Regional High School cross-country & track teams. During the
winter months these trails are available for
cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.