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POINT MOUNTAIN RESERVATION
South and Central Sections
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PHYSICAL ADDRESS
402 PENWELL ROAD, PORT MURRAY 07865 or
80 POINT MOUNTAIN ROAD, WASHINGTON, NJ 07882

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


Point Mountain Section of the Musconetcong River Reservation - Guide and Trail Map

ABOUT POINT MOUNTAIN SOUTH & CENTRAL

Penwell Mill Barn at Point Mountain Point Mountain is located in the Highlands region of the state. Its land includes mixed oak-hardwood forests, low-lying shrubs, and fertile farmland. This provides habitat for reptiles and amphibians; elusive mammals such as fox, coyote, and black bear; and over 160 species of birds, including migratory hawks at the overlook.

Point Mountain is one of the highest elevations in the county, rising 935 feet above sea level. Early settlers referred to it as “Squire’s Point.” Nearby is the hamlet of Penwell, a quaint collection of homes centered around the Penwell Mill. Originally built in 1785 and rebuilt in 1855, the mill was known as “Stires Mill” after its sale to John Stires in 1893. A previous owner was David Shrope, who was descended from Penwell Shrope, the first settler of Penwell and a relative of the Penn family of Pennsylvania.

The present mill can store up to 800 tons of feed and is the last active feed mill along the Musconetcong River. The county began acquiring land in the Point Mountain Reservation in 1995, and today the reservation totals 1145 acres.

RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES Point Mountain offers many forms of recreational activities. Visitors can hike on many miles of trails. Most of the trail system allows for horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking. Rock climbing is prohibited in the park. The Musconetcong River is stocked seasonally with trout and State Fish and Wildlife laws apply. One section is a Trout Conservation Area.

WILDLIFE Over 90 species of birds have been reported nesting in the park and over 160 species of birds have been observed. The overlook makes a great location to observe hawks as they migrate along the mountains. The rocky terrain provides perfect habitat for reptiles. The mountain streams and the Musconetcong River provide habitat for amphibians. Evidence from elusive mammals such as fox, coyote, and black bear have also been recorded.

Acreage (Including North Section) 1139
Meeting Room NO
Mountain Biking YES

Campsites

NO
Canoe Access YES
Cross County Skiing YES
Fishing YES
Fitness Trail NO
Gardens NO
Hiking/Nature Trails YES
Horseshoe Court NO
Horse Trails YES
Hunting YES
Information Boards YES
Nature Study YES
Picnic Pavilions NO
Picnic Sites YES
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

Point Mountain is located at the northernmost tip of Hunterdon County. There are several parking areas available for the public. The park is open sunrise to sunset.

PHYSICAL LOCATIONS

  • CENTRAL SECTION 402 PENWELL ROAD, PORT MURRAY 07865 or 80 POINT MOUNTAIN ROAD, WASHINGTON, NJ 07882
  • SOUTH SECTION 132 MOUNTAIN TOP ROAD, WASHINGTON, NJ 07882
  • NORTH SECTION219 OLD TURNPIKE ROAD, PORT MURRAY, NJ 07865

Directions from the junction of I-78 and Route 31

To Mountain Top Road parking area From I-78 travel north for about 7 miles on Route 31 to the traffic light before the Musconetcong River. Turn right onto Musconetcong River Road and proceed for about 5.5 miles. Turn right on Mountain Top Road, and drive carefully. The parking area will be on the left in about 3/4 mile (132 Mountain Top Road, Washington 07882).

To Point Mountain Road parking area From I-78 travel north for about 7 miles on Route 31 to the traffic light before the Musconetcong River. Turn right onto Musconetcong River Road and proceed to the end of the road. Turn left onto Point Mountain Road, and the parking area is on the right (80 Point Mountain Road, Washington 07882).

To Penwell Road Parking Area From I-78 travel north for 8 miles on Route 31 to the traffic light at Route 632, and turn right. After four miles, turn right at the stop sign at the junction with Route 57. Proceed for 0.2 mile and turn right onto Penwell Road. In approximately 1/2 mile, you will cross a one-lane bridge. The park entrance is the second driveway on the right (402 Penwell Road, Port Murray 07865).

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TRAIL MAP AND GUIDE INFORMATION

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

Riverwalk Trail The River walk Tr ail is a circular trail that is divided by Point Mountain Road. The downstream portion of the trail winds through forest and a small open field. There are many access points to the river. Along the upstream portion, large boulders and sycamore trees line the edge of the river.

Ridge Trail The Ridge Trail cuts through the forests and a mountain stream. A scenic overlook is along this trail and provides a view of distant mountains and farmland in Warren County. The trail is diverse and challenging at times. From Point Mountain Road to the overlook contains a steep and rocky incline.

Point Mountain

View from Overlook - Photo: Courtesy of Tom Drake)

Overlook Trail This trail provides a connection between the White and Ridge Trails that delivers one straight to the overlook site. It drops down into a small ravine before climbing back up to the ridge and is rated a moderate to difficult trail. The trail crosses over Point Mountain Road.

White Trail This is an easy to moderate trail that traverses through a large grassland field and the forest of the park. It crosses several small mountain streams. The trail connects Mountain Top Road to the Ridge Trail. This trail crosses over Point Mountain Road.

Field Trails Mowed path areas are maintained around the fields. Be aware that the trails along eastern field are steep. Horses are permitted on these trails. Much of this land is contracted to a local farmer. Please stay on the trails and do not pick or damage any crops.

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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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