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South Branch Reservation


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

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

Pine Hill Section of the South Branch Reservation - Guide and Trail Map




Camp Buck at Pine Hill Section of the South Branch ReservationSamuel Maurice Buck (1873-1937) purchased seven acres of land on this site in 1914, with the goal of creating a Boy Scout camp. He was the assistant superintendant of the Taylor- Wharton Iron and Steel Company, and served as the first Scoutmaster of High Bridge. After his death, the land was named "Camp Buck" in his honor. In 1946, the land was utilized
by troops from as far away as Trenton. In the early 1950s, many scouts volunteered to build a wooden cabin that could accommodate eight individuals. This cabin was removed around 1960. After numerous council mergers, the county acquired the camp and other parcels of land in 1975. Today, 41 acres have been set aside as open space, and the name
"Pine Hill" is derived from the road that borders the property.

Today, the South Branch Reservation totals over 1000 acres. Besides providing recreational opportunities, the reservation helps preserve the South Branch of the Raritan River Watershed from development and provides wildlife habitat.

OTHER SOUTH BRANCH AREAS: See the guides for these locations to obtain more information about the sites.

Melick's Bridge:Located along Hamden Road and offers two fishing trails to access the South Branch of the Raritan River.
Valinsky Section: Offers a location to launch a canoe into the South Branch of the Raritan River and a meadow managed for grassland birds.
Landsdown Meadows and Trail: Is a 1.5 mile former railroad bed between Clinton and Lower Landsdown Road, covered with fine gravel dust and ideal for hiking, biking, or jogging. Connects to the Capoolong Creek Trail.

Acreage 26
Meeting Room NO
Mountain Biking YES


Canoe Access YES
Cross County Skiing NO
Fishing YES
Fitness Trail NO
Gardens NO
Hiking/Nature Trails YES
Horseshoe Court NO
Horse Trails YES
Hunting YES
Information Boards NO
Nature Study YES
Picnic Pavilions NO
Picnic Sites NO
Playground NO
Restrooms NO
Scenic Vistas YES
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 Pine Hill Section is located at 34 Pine Hill Road, Annandale 08801 (Franklin Township). The park is open from sunrise to sunset. No restroom facilities are available. Only roadside parking is available; please do not block the gate.

Directions to Pine Hill Section:

From the Flemington Circle, take Route 31 north for approximately 8 miles to the Allerton Road traffic light. Use the jug
handle to cross over Route 31 and stay with Allerton Road.

From the Clinton area, take Route 31 South for approximately 2 miles and turn right onto Allerton Road. Once on Allerton Road, follow the signs for the YMCA's Camp Carr. From Allerton, turn left onto Lilac Drive. Turn right onto River Road, left onto Hamden Road, and right onto Camp Buck Road. Pine Hill is on the far side of the bridge. Parking is along the side of the road.

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Pine Hill offers a moderate circular hiking trail that provides a scenic view of the South Branch from its bluff. Mountain biking and
horseback riding are permitted. Due to the rocky terrain, this site does not provide good access for fishing or canoeing.


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

Pine Hill offers a moderate hiking trail through its southern area. Mountain biking and horseback riding are permitted. A scenic overlook provides a beautiful view of the South Branch of the Raritan River.

Hunting is permitted to control the deer population. Hunters must obtain a special permit issued by the Parks Division to be able to hunt on 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.

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