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LANDSDOWN MEADOWS
AND TRAIL

LANDSDOWN TRAIL:
36 MAIN STREET, CLINTON, NJ 08809

LANDSDOWN MEADOWS:
5 SIDNEY ROAD, PITTSTOWN, NJ 08867

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

 

Landsdown Trail

Train
Ahiaman (Hi) Wagner, Conductor (right), with his
crew, Clinton Train Station, ~1910

ABOUT THE LANDSDOWN MEADOWS & TRAIL

The Landsdown Trail was once a spur line for the Lehigh Valley Railroad, which was completed in 1881 and connected the Town of Clinton with Landsdown. While the line was mainly used for passenger service, freight was also moved on the line to and from Mulligan’s Mill (known today as the Clinton Mill), which operated as a grist mill and also processed graphite. Operation on the line discontinued several decades ago but the old train station survives and has been converted and used as a store for Cyrus Fox Lumber Company in Clinton. The County acquired the old rail line acquired in 1993, and the adjoining property in 2009, bringing the total acreage of Landsdown Meadows and Trail to 186.

The Landsdown Trail adjoins the South Branch of the Raritan River. Over 1000 acres of parkland exist along this river, and these pieces collectively are called the South Branch Reservation. This reservation provides recreational opportunities, helps preserve the watershed from development, and provides wildlife habitat. Visit the county park website for trail maps and guides for these other park areas.

RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES The Landsdown Trail is 1.5 miles long and stretches from Lower Landsdown Road to the center of the town of Clinton. The trail’s natural surface is conducive to hiking, biking, and cross -country skiing. The trail traverses through both open fields and forests as well as some wetland, offering several opportunities to view a wide range of wildlife.

At one point the trail crosses over the Capoolong Creek, which is one of the main tributaries to the South Branch of the Raritan River. The State’s Capoolong Creek Trail is a short hike down Landsdown Road and offers about an additional four miles of hiking, and ends in Pittstown. For more information on the Capoolong Creek Trail, contact NJ Fish& Wildlife at 609-984-0547 or visit www.njfishandwildlife.org/wmas.htm.

FISHING The Landsdown Trail does provide limited access to the South Branch of the Raritan River and the Capoolong Creek for fishing. The river is stocked with Rainbow, Brook, and Brown Trout. A state fishing license with a trout stamp must be displayed.

The parking lot on Sidney Road allows access to field edges, but currently has no formal trails.

NEARBY COUNTY PARK AREA Melick’s Bridge is located along Hamden Road and offers two fishing trails to access the South Branch of the Raritan River. For more information, see its specific guide.

With the exception of park properties with reservable facilities, all properties are “carry in / carry out” and trash/recycling receptacles are
not provided. Please plan accordingly and do not leave any trash/recyclables behind.

LANDSDOWN MEADOWS

Acreage 174
Meeting Room NO
Mountain Biking NO
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 NO
Hunting YES
Information Boards NO
Nature Study YES
Picnic Pavilions NO
Picnic Sites NO
Playground NO
Restrooms NO
Scenic Vistas NO
Sledding Area NO
Soccer & Baseball/Softball Fields NO
Visitor Center NO
Gazebo NO
Parking YES
Reservable Facility NO

LANDSDOWN TRAIL

Acreage 18
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 NO
Hunting NO
Information Boards NO
Nature Study YES
Picnic Pavilions NO
Picnic Sites NO
Playground NO
Restrooms NO
Scenic Vistas NO
Sledding Area NO
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:

The Landsdown Trail Section is located between Lower Landsdown Road in Franklin Township and 21 West Main Street in the Town of Clinton. An additional parking area to an undeveloped part of the property is located at 5 Sidney Road, Pittstown 08867. The park area is open from sunrise to sunset. No restroom facilities are available.

PHYSICAL ADDRESS:

  • LANDSDOWN TRAIL 36 MAIN STREET, CLINTON, NJ 08809
  • LANDSDOWN MEADOWS 5 SIDNEY ROAD, PITTSTOWN, NJ 08867

Directions from the Flemington Area Travel Route 31 north to the jug handle north of Interstate 78. Take the overpass over Route 31 and follow the signs for the business area of Clinton. Proceed past the traffic light for Leigh Street. The trailhead is located between the Cyrus Fox Lumber Company and the former Clinton Global Ag on the left. Turn in just before the Global Ag Building, and two parking spots are available alongside the building.

Directions from the Hampton Area Take Route 31 south to the traffic light at the intersection with Halstead Street. Turn right and proceed into the town of Clinton. At the traffic light, turn right onto West Main Street. The trailhead is located between the Cyrus Fox Lumber Company and the Clinton Global Ag.

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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

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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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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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