Hunterdon County, NJ | Department of Planning, Economic Development and Land Use | MELICK'S BRIDGE SECTION OF THE SOUTH BRANCH RESERVATION













Part of the
South Branch Reservation


Phone: 908-782-1158 * Fax: 908-806-4057

Three Bridges Section - Guide and Trail Map
Osprey. Photo by Brigitte Segmuller.
Melick's Bridge
Photo provided by June Quick


Melick’s Bridge is named after the family who owned the 1880s double truss Pony
bridge and surrounding land. George E. Melick (1897-1971) and his wife Helen purchased the property in 1930, and established a 127-acre dairy operation known as “River Bottom Farm.” They also raised pigs, chickens, and horses, and
operated a small peach orchard. Over the years, they acquired a total of 200 acres of property. In 1977, Helen sold 151 acres to the county as a measure to protect the watershed of the South Branch of the Raritan River, and all 151 acres are included in the South Branch Reservation.

Today, 62 acres of this property are considered the Melick’s Bridge Section.
The South Branch Reservation totals over 1000 acres. Besides providing
recreational opportunities, the reservation helps preserve the South Branch of the Raritan River Watershed and provides wildlife habitat.


FISHING Adjacent to the South Branch of the Raritan River, Melick’s Bridge offers two short trails for access to the river’s edge for fishing. The river is seasonally stocked with trout. New Jersey State Fish and Wildlife laws apply, and a state fishing license with a trout stamp must be displayed.

Fishing at Three Bridges Section of the South Branch ReservationHUNTING In order to control the population of deer on park property, hunting is permitted. Hunters must obtain a special permit issued by the Division to be able to hunt on the preserve. 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.

CANOEING The area just beyond the parking lot could be used as river access for canoes.
Canoeing the South Branch of the Raritan River is a wonderful way to view wildlife. The river corridor provides an excellent habitat for waterfowl, which can be viewed all along the river. Aquatic reptiles, such as Painted Turtles, are regularly observed perched on the stone and tree outcroppings along the banks of the river.


Landsdown Trail: Located over on Lower Landsdown Road, this area offers an easy 1.5 mile hike into the center of the town of Clinton. The trail crosses the Coopalong Creek.

Pine Hill Trail: Located at the end of Hamden Road is a fisherman’s trail along the South Branch of the Raritan River. The Round Valley Pumping Station is also located at the end and is a good location for waterfowl.

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 92
Meeting Room NO
Mountain Biking YES
Campsites NO
Canoe Access YES
Cross County Skiing NO
Fishing YES
Fitness Trail NO
Gardens NO
Hiking/Nature Trails YES
Horseshoe Court NO
Horse Trails NO
Hunting YES
Information Boards NO
Nature Study NO
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

To Top



Melick’s Bridge Section is located at 245 Hamden Road, Annandale 08801 (Clinton and Franklin Townships). The park area is open from sunrise to sunset. No restroom facilities are available.

PHYSICAL LOCATION 245 Hamden Road, Annandale, NJ 08801

Directions from the Flemington Area Travel Route 31 north to the jug handle at Allerton Road. Use the jug handle and cross over Route 31. Proceed from Allerton Road straight to Wellington Drive. Turn left off Wellington onto Hamden Road. Parking is on the left before the bridge or on the left immediately the bridge.

Directions from the Clinton Area Take Route 31 south to Allerton Road. Turn right onto Allerton Road and proceed as above.

To Top



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. 

To Top



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.

{To Top}





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:

Contact Us Facebook Hunterdon County Parks - HOME About The Parks Division Services and On-Going Programs Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation Email Us Rules and Regulations Advisory Committee Parks Brochures and Maps Informational Brochures Programs and Events Camps Group Education and Programs Forms Reserving Our Facilities Sign Up for E-News In the News Take a Tour Employment Opportunities Volunteer Opportunities