Hunterdon County, NJ | Department of Planning, Economic Development and Land Use | LAPORT RESERVE















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Deer Path Park Guide and Trail Map


Laport Reserve is named after its former property owner, Edmund Laport (1902-1983). He was one of the most recognized experts in the field of radio wave communication. In the 1920s, he developed the circuitry for airplane receivers that provided the ability to communicate by radio. In 1928, he married his wife Gertrude, and they moved to China to build radio stations. When political tensions between China and Japan mounted, the Laports moved back to the U.S. where Edmund landed a job with the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in Camden and learned to design broadcast transmitters. In 1944, he became the chief engineer of RCA International. A decade later, he was promoted to Corporate Director of Broadcast Engineering at the RCA facility in Princeton, NJ. It was at this time that the Laports purchased this 48-acre farm in East Amwell to practice organic gardening. Before Gertrude’s death in 1991, she bequeathed the property to the county, which took possession the following year.

PRIVATE RESIDENCE A private residence is located within the property. Therefore the house, the immediate area around it, and a portion of the driveway are off limits to the general public. Please do not encroach on this restricted area or disturb the resident.

HABITAT AND WILDLIFE The habitat of the Laport Reserve is composed of two grassland meadows, and a few small wooded areas. The first of the two meadows is along the entrance road. The larger meadow is located along the eastern side of the property and supports grassland birds like Eastern Bluebirds. The trees and brush along the edge of the field offer shelter for foraging animals such as Eastern Cottontails and Gray Squirrels. Search the tree line and the sky for perched and hunting raptors as they scan the meadow for prey. Red-tailed Hawks are a common predator.

The wooded areas provide shelter for larger wildlife. Tracks and other evidence can be found from the animals moving through the area. Signs of turkey and deer are common, but evidence of fox and raccoon has also been found.

RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES The Laport Property offers an easy loop trail through small meadows and a young wooded area. Mountain biking and other uses are not permitted on this trail. Some areas of this trail are often wet.

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.

Acreage 49
Meeting Room NO
Mountain Biking NO
Campsites NO
Canoe Access NO
Cross County Skiing NO
Fishing NO
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

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The Laport Property is located in East Amwell Township at 216 Mountain Road, Ringoes 08551. The park is open from dawn to dusk. No restrooms facilities are available.


Directions from the Flemington Area Take Route 202/31 south for 5 miles, and take the exit for Route 31 south. Stay on Route 31 south for approximately 1 1/4 miles until the junction with Rocktown Road on the left. Turn onto Rocktown Road and proceed 1/2 mile to Mountain Road. Make the right onto Mountain Road, proceed 3/4 mile, and turn left into the driveway of the park. Proceed down the driveway to the parking lot on the left. NOTE: The remainder of the driveway is part of the private residence. Do not hike down the driveway.

Directions from the Lambertville Area: Take Route 202 north until the exit for Route 31 south. Then proceed as above.

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Trail Guides are set up with the brochure on one side, and the map on the other.  The brochure should be printed on legal size page, and the map can be printed on standard 8 ½ x 11” paper. 

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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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