Hunterdon County, NJ | Department of Planning, Economic Development and Land Use | ECHO HILL PARK

 


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ECHO HILL PARK

PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF ARBORETUM:
1020 HIGHWAY 31, LEBANON, NJ 08833

PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF FURNAS SECTION:
1020 ROUTE 629, STANTON, NJ 08885

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


Camp Echo Hill
Building a Boat at Camp Echo Hill - circa. 1930

Echo Hill Main Lodge/Activity CenterABOUT ECHO HILL

Echo Hill was established in 1836 as a farm, consisting of the stone house, a barn,  chicken coops, and a peach orchard. In 1936, the property was purchased by Robert and Hermia Lechner, who established a summer camp for boys. They called their facility  “Camp Echo Hill.” The first summer 65 boys attended. The camp was expanded the  following year to permit girls. During the transition from farm to summer camp, many of  the existing structures were demolished or converted to new uses. Salvaged beams  from the barn were used in the boys’ dining hall (what is now the Main Lodge). The  orchard was cut down and replaced by 200,000 evergreens by the Civilian Conservation  Corps in 1939. In 1943, the Lechners acquired the Stanton Station Railroad Station from  the Lehigh Valley Railroad for $75.00. This structure was transported to the property and converted into the girls’ dining hall (now known as the South Activity Center). The  Lechners’ home in the stone farm house served as the camp infirmary for many years.  The Lechners constructed a pond for children to learn to swim. They retired from the camp in 1959 and sold the operation to a local church.  The county acquired the property in 1974. Today, Echo Hill still continues its tradition of teaching children about nature through the Summer
Nature Program and other activities.

MAIN ACTIVITY CENTER The Main Activity Center offers two meeting rooms which may be reserved. The Main Lodge can accommodate up to 100 people and has an attached kitchenette. The lodge contains camp memorabilia, including wagon wheel lighting, a stone fireplace, a small  stage painted in Native American motif, a totem pole, and numerous photos and crafts. The Multi-purpose Room can accommodate up to 50  people, and offers a projection screen, a sink, and a mini refrigerator.

ORGANIZED GROUP CAMPING A primitive tenting site is available for groups. Water is available at the lodge. Contact the Division of Parks and Recreation for more information

FACILITY RESERVATIONS Reservations for the building or tent site must be made at the office at the Arboretum, 1020 State Highway 31 N, Lebanon 08833. Also visit our webpage regarding facility reservation information.

RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES Hikers can enjoy a circular trail around the perimeter of the park. It winds through a wide variety of habitats and affords a beautiful overlook of the Prescott Brook.

PICNIC SITES The walk-in picnic site is located off the corner of the parking lot and adjacent to the playground. Grills are located within the site for public use..

FISHING Anglers can fish for several species at the pond, including Largemouth Bass, catfish, and sunfish. The pond is designated for catch and release and State Fish and Wildlife rules apply.

HUNTING Bow hunting, by limited permit, is used to control the deer population. Hunters must obtain this special permit from the Division in
order to be able to hunt at this location. Park visitors during hunting season are strongly encouraged to wear blaze orange or confine
visits to Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Sundays. See additional information on the Hunterdon County Park System Controlled Hunting Program.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS Throughout the year the Division offers many programs at Echo Hill, including Summer Nature Program, Maple
Sugaring, and our seasonal nature club for kids. Groups can also sign up for a program with a naturalist or recreation leader.  Please contact the Main Office for scheduled events or visit our Programs and Workshops Webpage.

Acreage 90
Meeting Room YES
Mountain Biking YES
Campsites YES
Canoe Access NO
Cross County Skiing YES
Fishing YES
Fitness Trail NO
Gardens NO
Hiking/Nature Trails YES
Horseshoe Court NO
Horse Trails NO
Hunting YES
Information Boards YES
Nature Study YES
Picnic Pavilions NO
Picnic Sites YES
Playground YES
Restrooms YES
Scenic Vistas NO
Sledding Area NO
Soccer & Baseball/Softball Fields NO
Visitor Center NO
Gazebo NO
Parking YES
Reservable Facility YES

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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Echo Hill Environmental Education Area - Guide and Trail MapLOCATION

PHYSICAL ADDRESS

MAIN ACTIVITY CENTER: 42 LILAC DRIVE, FLEMINGTON, NJ 08822

SOUTH ACTIVITY CENTER: 43 LILAC DRIVE, FLEMINGTON, NJ 08822

SOUTH BRANCH WATERSHED: 41 LILAC DRIVE, FLEMINGTON, NJ 08822

Directions from the Flemington Area Take Route 31 north about 5.6 miles from the Flemington Circle. Make a right onto the jug handle for Stanton Station Road. Travel 0.4 miles to Lilac Drive. At Lilac Drive turn right and proceed another 0.4 miles. The entrance to the park will be on the right. The main parking area is on the left near the playground.

Directions from the Clinton Area Take Route 31 south about 6.2 miles from Interstate 78 to the traffic light for Stanton Station Road. Turn right onto Stanton Station Road and then follow the corresponding directions above.

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ADA ACCOMODATIONS

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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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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