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Seal of the County of HunterdonDepartment of Parks and Recreation
ECHO HILL PARK

GUIDE

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


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

 

ABOUT 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.

Summer Nature ProgramMAIN ACTIVITY AREA 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.

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.

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Acreage 76
Meeting Room YES
Softball Field NO
Biking Mtn. YES
Bridle Trail NO
Canoeing YES
X-Country Skiing YES
Fishing YES
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 Site YES
Playground Area YES
Restrooms YES
Scenic Overlook NO
Soccer Field NO
Wedding Gazebo NO
Parking YES
Group Camp Sites YES
Reservable Facilities 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:

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

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

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

Echo Hill Section is located on Lilac Drive in Clinton Township. The park is opened during posted hours.

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 mile to Lilac Drive. At Lilac Drive turn right and proceed another 0.4 mile. The entrance to the park will be on the right. Follow the sign to the main parking area.

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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RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

HIKING 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.

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 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.

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

RESERVATIONS Reservations for use of the building or tent sites must be made at the Main Office located at the Arboretum on Route 31. Also visit our webpage regarding facility reservation information.

PICNIC SITE 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.

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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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