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MIQUIN WOODS PRESERVE
GUIDE

PHYSICAL ADDRESS
326 NEWPORT ROAD, GLEN GARDNER, NJ 08826

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

 


Three Bridges Section - Guide and Trail Map
Chopping Wood at
Camp Watchung, August 1948

ABOUT MINQUIN WOODS PRESERVE

Long-term residents of Lebanon Township may remember Miquin Woods as Camp Watchung, a summer camp for the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts established the camp in 1928 for the Watchung Area Council, which comprised of the scout troops of Union and Somerset Counties, and Piscataway Township in Middlesex County. About 1,300 scouts a year were exposed to fishing, nature, crafts, camping, and other related topics. The oldest structure on the property, a circa 1850 stone farmhouse, served as the main office. The dining hall could hold up to 150 people. The camp operated for 53 years before closing in 1981.

After plans fell through for the property to become a housing development, the County and New Jersey Water Authority were able to acquire the property, a total of 302 acres, in 2003. The word “Miquin” is the Lenni Lenape word for “feather” and is a tribute to the scouting heritage of the site. The feather was the symbol for the Boy Scouts Order of the Arrow Lodge, which was located within Camp Watchung.

HABITAT Miquin Woods is bisected by the Spruce Run. This creek is one of the main tributaries of the Spruce Run Reservoir, which provides clean water to four different counties. The creek also feeds a small pond on the property. Together, the creek and pond provide shelter to beavers and several kinds of amphibians and reptiles.
Two small meadows exist within the park and provide a mixture of grassland and forest-edge habitat. Field and Song Sparrows, Red-tailed Hawks, and other mixed habitat species can be seen. Within the forest areas, one can search for several species of woodpeckers, Redbreasted Grosbeaks, Scarlet Tanagers, and migratory warblers.

RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Much of the trail system of Miquin Woods was created by the Boy Scouts of Camp Watchung. Many of the trails are several feet wide and are very easy to hike. Mountain biking is possible on most of the trail system. During the winter some of these trails can be used for crosscountry skiing. Fishing is allowed along the banks of the Spruce Run and in the pond, which supports Largemouth Bass and sunfish. NJ State Fish and Wildlife laws apply. Bouldering is not permitted within this park.

HUNTING In order to control the population of deer on park property, hunting is permitted. Hunters must obtain a special permit issued by the Division in order to hunt in the park. 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.

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 302
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 YES
Information Boards YES
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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LOCATION

Miquin Woods is located at 326 Newport Road, Glen Gardner 08826 (Lebanon Township). The park is open from sunrise to sunset. No restroom facilities are available.

PHYSICAL LOCATION 326 NEWPORT ROAD, GLEN GARDNER, NJ 08826

Directions from the Clinton Area Take Route 31 north to the Borough of Glen Gardner. At the traffic light for Sanitarium Road, turn right and make the immediate left onto Main Street. Proceed on Main Street a short distance and turn right onto Hill Road (Route 628). Stay with Route 628 for about 3.5 miles and turn left onto Red Mill Road (before a right turn for 628). In about 1.5 miles, turn right onto Newport Road. The park entrance will be on the right in about 3/4 of a mile.

Directions from the Califon Area Take Route 513 south to Bunnvale and the junction with Rte 628. Turn right onto Rte 628 and proceed to past the Woodglen School. At the stop sign turn left and then right on to Red Mill Road. Then proceed as above.

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TRAIL MAP AND QUIDE INFORMATION:

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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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. {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: parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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