Home | Division of Parks and Recreation | Park Guides & Trail Maps | Musconetcong Gorge Preserve

Join Us On Facebook Twitter
ABOUT LOCATION RECREATIONAL
OPPORTUNITIES
RULES AND
REGULATIONS
PARK BROCHURE
Seal of the County of HunterdonDepartment of Parks and Recreation
MUSCONETCONG GORGE
PRESERVE
GUIDE

Division of Parks and Recreation
PO Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822-2900
1020 State Route 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833
Phone: 908-782-1158 * Fax: 908-806-4057
parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

PARK HOURS
OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Friday, 8am to 4:30pm


Musconetcong Gorge Section of the Musconetcong River Reservation - Guide and Trail Map

 

 

ABOUT MUSCONETCONG GORGE

Previously, this land was owned by the Warren Manufacturing Company. Started in 1873 by John L. Riegel, this paper plant processed wood pulp from the forest into sheets of paper through steam-powered machinery harnessed by the river. The timber was also used to make charcoal, which was sold to farmers as fertilizer. Mill workers stacked and burned the timber on man-made flat areas against the hillside called "charcoal landings." The remains of several charcoal landings are still visible along the trails. Look for flat areas with very dark soil. Near Musconetcong Gorge, the towns of Warren Glen and Riegelsville were built by the paper company to house their workers. The company was more recently known as Fibermark, Inc. The county acquired much of the property in 1977, and smaller parcels have since been added, bringing the total area of the preserve to 501 acres.

HABITAT AND WILDLIFE: This oak-hickory forest is a major food source for wildlife. Gray Squirrels and White-tailed Deer are common residents, and evidence of Black Bears in the park has been recorded. The ravine and water seeps located in the park
provide excellent habitat for reptiles and amphibians and can be identified by rocky areas with moss and ferns growing around them. Several types of birds can be seen throughout the year. Evidence of woodpeckers, such as the Downy Woodpecker, can be found along the Nature Trail. Turkey Vultures and hawks can be seen flying above as they use the thermal pockets created by the Musconetcong Ridge. With the ample supply of acorns and nuts, do not be surprised if you come across a flock of Wild Turkeys in the park.

Acreage 424
Meeting Room NO
Softball Field NO
Biking Mtn. NO
Bridle Trail NO
Canoeing NO
X-Country Skiing NO
Fishing YES
Fitness Trail NO
Gardens NO
Greenhouse NO
Hiking/Nature Trails YES
Horseshoe Court NO
Hunting YES
Information Board YES
Nature Study YES
Picnic Pavilions NO
Picnic Sites NO
Playground Area NO
Restrooms NO
Scenic Overlook YES
Soccer Field NO
Wedding Gazebo NO
Parking YES
Group Camp Sites NO
Reservable Facilities 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.

To Top

 

LOCATION

PHYSICAL LOCATION: 182 DENNIS ROAD, BLOOMSBURY, NJ 08804

Location: The Musconetcong Gorge Preserve is located in Holland Township, west of Bloomsbury Boro and adjacent to the Hunterdon County border with Warren County. Parking is available at 182 Dennis Road, Bloomsbury 08804. The park is open sunrise to sunset. No restroom facilities are available.

Directions from Interstate 78: Travel west on I-78 to exit 7 and bear right to Route 173 west. On route 173, drive 1.3 miles to Route 639. Turn left onto Route 639 and travel 4 miles. At the stop sign, bear left on Route 519, then turn left and cross the Musconetcong River, staying on Route 519. Take the next left onto Dennis Road (a gravel road), and go 0.2 miles to the parking area located on the left side of the road.

Directions from Milford: Travel on Route 519 north for 5.8 miles to Dennis Road. Bear right onto Dennis Road and travel 0.6 miles to the parking area on the righthand side.

To Top

 

Musconetcong Gorge Recreational OpportunitiiesRECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
     Photo Courtesy of Tom Drake

The trails at the park are designed for hiking only. Most of the trails range from moderate to slightly difficult. They take advantage of the smoothest grounds but are steep in some areas. They offer beautiful vistas as they wind through a wide diversity of tree species.

HUNTING In order to control the deer population, hunting is allowed (by Parks Division permit only) in some sections of this park. Please wear blaze orange during hunting season or confine your visits to Sundays. See additional information on the Hunterdon County Park System Controlled Hunting Program.

TRAIL AND GUIDE INFORMATION Trail Guides are set up as foldable brochures. Maps should be printed on Legal Size Paper

  • Park Brochure and Trail Map
  • Trail Map
  • Self-Guided Nature Trail: LLocated on the left
    side of the parking lot, this trail leads to a
    wonderful view of the ravine and stream that
    runs through the park. This trail was established
    as an Eagle Scout Project, for which a separate
    brochure is available.
  • Railroad Trail:This easy hiking trail begins on the other side of the ravine and runs parallel with the old rail bed adjacent to the park property until it dead-ends. Two trails branch off the Railroad Trail: The Gas Line Road and the Waterfall Trail.
  • Gas Line Road: A service road for a gas line, this trail is steep and rocky and it connects to the Highlands Trail.
  • Waterfall Trail: Follow this trail up the ravine to a scenic waterfall. This trail links up with the Gas Line Road.
  • Ridge/Highlands Trail:he Ridge/Highlands Trail departs from the right side of the parking lot and is a moderate to difficult trail. The trail runs along the ridge of the mountain. The Highlands Trail extends 150 miles from Storm King Mountain on the Hudson River in New York south to Riegelsville on the Delaware River in New Jersey. Blazed with teal-colored diamonds, the trail displays the scenic and natural beauty of the Highlands Region. A portion of the trail lies within Musconetcong Gorge Preserve.

To Top

___________________________________________________________________
Home | Division of Parks and Recreation | Park Guides & Trail Maps | Musconetcong Gorge