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POINT MOUNTAIN
RESERVATION
North Section
GUIDE

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
219 OLD TURNPIKE ROAD, PORT MURRAY, NJ 07865

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


ABOUT POINT MOUNTAIN NORTH SECTION

Point Mountain North Section is part of the Musconetcong Mountain Range. The top of the mountain is the second highest point managed by the Hunterdon County Parks& Recreation Division, at 1006 feet above sea level. The park consists of 220 acres of forest and fields. The Parks Division acquired the property in smaller lots between 1997 and 2003. The area was once logged, and old logging roads are incorporated into some of the current trails. Stone walls in the park show former divisions of property lines, or the edges of animal pastures, indicating that the forest was once cleared for farming.

The trail system was established with the aid of volunteers during Trails Day in May 2009. An additional trail was created in the summer of that year by a crew from the Student Conservation Association, a group of volunteer high school students. In the summer of 2010, they connected the trails of the North section to the main trails of the Central and South sections of the Point Mountain Reservation.

There are four private lots along Hermits Lane, so please be respectful and stay on the trails. Hermits Lane was once a farm road that connected to Old Turnpike Road, and two stone walls that bordered the road are visible near the parking area. Today, Hermits Lane simply dead-ends.

RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Point Mountain North Section is designed for hiking. The climb is fairly strenuous, but there is a flatter loop that can be walked through the fields and the lower wooded area. Hikers can continue into Point Mountain Central and South Sections, almost eight total miles of trails. Mountain biking and horseback riding are two other options, although the trails are very rocky in certain sections. Cross-country skiing is permitted where appropriate.

HABITAT This preserve is located on the southern slope of the Musconetcong Ridge within the Highlands Region of New Jersey, and is part
of the Delaware River drainage basin. Much of the park is forested, but there are four fields near the parking lot. The fields are planted and harvested by a local farmer, so please stay on the edges when crops are growing. In the forest, beech trees dominate in many areas, but other species include maples, oaks, hickories, and black birches. An Eastern red cedar grove is located near the bottom of the mountain.

The forest has a sparse understory, but there are several blueberry plants and Jack-in-the-pulpits in the park. White-tailed Deer are prevalent in the park, and the stone walls create excellent habitat for Eastern Chipmunks. Bird species include several types of woodpeckers, breeding songbirds, and migrating warblers.

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 to hunt in the park. 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.

Acreage (Including South & Central Sections) 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 North Section is located in the northern tip of Lebanon Township between Morris and Warren Counties. The main parking area is at 219 Old Turnpike Road, Port Murray 07865. No restroom facilities are available.

PHYSICAL LOCATIONS

  • NORTH SECTION 219 OLD TURNPIKE ROAD, PORT MURRAY, NJ 07865
  • 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

Directions from the Clinton Area Take Route 31 North past Glen Gardner and Hampton until the junction with Warren County Route 632, across from the A&P. Turn right onto 632/Asbury-Anderson Road. At the end of 632, turn right onto Route 57. Proceed 1.7 miles and turn right onto Old Turnpike Road. Cross a stone bridge and pass a farm; the gravel parking area will be on the right.

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TRAIL MAPS & GUIDES

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.

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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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