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HOFFMAN PARK


MAIN ENTRANCE:
26 BAPTIST CHURCH ROAD, HAMPTON, NJ 08827
EAST ENTRANCE:
751 MECHLIN CORNER ROAD, HAMPTON, NJ 08827

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

Hoffman Park - Guide and Trail Map

ABOUT HOFFMAN PARK

This 354-acre park is comprised of hardwood forest, grasslands, and many ponds of various sizes. The ponds were created in the 1940s by Albert and Joyce Hoffman for erosion control, crop irrigation, and cattle management when the park was a working farm. Albert Hoffman was the son of the founder of the Hoffman Beverage Company. Albert’s skilled innovations led to improvements in the sanitization, labeling, and packaging of bottles. He also invented biological filters that extracted impurities from concentrated sugar syrups. In 1929, the company became the first in the country to incorporate natural fruit ingredients into its products. In 1945, the Pabst Brewing Company bought the bottling plant. After Albert’s death, Joyce sold the farm to the county and Union Township in 1999, maintaining life-rights until her death in 2006. The buildings are currently under the jurisdiction of Union Township

BIRDS A host of different bird species can be found in the forests and fields, but Hoffman Park is probably best known among bird watchers for endangered and threatened species that nest in its grassland habitat. These include Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks, Grasshopper Sparrows, and Savannah Sparrows. Please keep pets on a leash as these birds nest directly on the ground and are highly susceptible to disturbance.

Eastern Bluebird nesting boxes and Wood Duck boxes were erected in 2000 as part of a Boy Scout Eagle project. The bluebird boxes are in
the fields, where bluebirds can be spotted year-round. Wood Ducks are harder to find. They prefer wooded habitat near ponds or streams. In the fall, this can be a good area for watching hawk migration. Northern Harriers and American Kestrels can sometimes be seen hunting over the fields in fall and winter.

RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Hoffman Park's paved and gravel paths are excellent for bike riding and walking. The ponds offer good fishing, as well as opportunity for reflective nature study. In winter the paths provide a good place to crosscountry ski.

FISHING Several of the park’s many ponds offer good fishing for bass (catch and release only) and sunfish. Anglers can concentrate their efforts at the pond along Crow’s Road or at Manny’s Pond (the large pond visible from the parking area), both of which have an open bank suitable for fly-casting. Manny’s Pond is stocked with trout. Fishermen must display a trout stamp in order to keep the fish.

HUNTING In order to control the deer population, hunting is permitted in some sections of this park. Hunters must obtain a special permit issued by the Division. Visitors between September and February are strongly encouraged to wear blaze orange or confine visits to Sundays. See additional information on the Hunterdon County Park System Controlled Hunting Program.

Acreage 354
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 YES
Nature Study YES
Picnic Pavilions NO
Picnic Sites YES
Playground NO
Restrooms YES
Scenic Vistas YES
Sledding Area YES
Soccer & Baseball/Softball Fields NO
Visitor Center NO
Gazebo NO
Parking YES
Reservable Facility 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

Hoffman Park is located in Union Township, west of Clinton and just south of Interstate 78. The main parking area is at 26 Baptist Church Road, Hampton 08827. The gate is open from 9:00 AM to sunset. A second parking lot is located at 751 Mechlin Corner Road, Hampton 08827.

PHYSICAL ADDRESS:

  • MAIN ENTRANCE 26 BAPTIST CHURCH ROAD, HAMPTON, NJ 08827
  • EAST ENTRANCE 751 MECHLIN CORNER ROAD, HAMPTON, NJ 08827

Directions from the East/Clinton area Take Route 78 west to exit 11. Follow the circle around to the left and cross over Route 78, following the signs for Pattenburg. Immediately after crossing 78, turn left at the light. Proceed to the remains of an old church and veer right onto Baptist Church Road. Proceed on Baptist Church Road under a railroad bridge and shortly thereafter turn left into the park entrance, which is marked by a large brown sign.

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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

From the parking area, Hairpin Lane winds down a steep hill towards Manny’s Pond. The vista at the start of the trail offers a wonderful view of Hoffman Park’s fields and forests, as well as Spruce Run and the hills of the Highlands in the distance.

Once down the hill from Hairpin Lane, Hoffman Park’s trails meander through woods and past ponds. Most of these trails are old gravel or paved roads that are flat and easy to hike, bike, cross-country ski, or push a stroller on. Most of the trails are named for features one would find on them. For example, Powerline Road has a power line running along it, and Birch Way has birches growing along the trail.

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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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