Hunterdon County, NJ | Department of Planning, Economic Development and Land Use | Round Mountain Section

 


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ROUND MOUNTAIN SECTION
of Deer Path Park
GUIDE

PHYSICAL ADDRESS:
100 FOOT HILL ROAD, FLEMINGTON, NJ 08822

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

 


Round Mountain Section of Deer Path Park - Guide and Trail Information

 

ABOUT THE ROUND MOUNTAIN SECTION OF DEER PATH PARK

Formed by volcanic activity during the Triassic Period (250 to 200 million years ago), Round Mountain reaches an elevation of 600 feet above sea level. The mountain was once used by the Lenni Lenape for encampments. Early European settlers cut timber for lumber and heating fuel. Fertile farmland surrounding the base of the mountain provided food for the settlers. Today, the logging road has been incorporated into the trail system and stone walls can be found at the edges of farm fields.

In 1979, the County purchased 55 acres from Frank and Krystel Keogh, who owned an industrial and gas-fired burner company. Most of the other tracts of land were purchased from Robert and Linda Stedman. Robert was a 747 airline pilot. Today, Round Mountain’s total acreage is 250 acres.

RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Round Mountain offers many trails for public use. Visitors can hike, bike, cross-country ski, and ride horses on the trails.

PETER BUELL TRAIL This trail was named in honor of a former employee. Peter Buell was instrumental in creating trails and trail networks within the county. This trail spans across Round Mountain, and eventually brings hikers out to Foothill Road.

READINGTON TOWNSHIP OPEN SPACE Many parcels of open space next to county property are preserved by Readington Township. It is
possible to hike to both the Dobozynski Farm Park and the Bowman-Stickney Farmhouse from Round Mountain. Readington Township Parks can be reached at (908) 534-9752 or www.readingtontwp.org/parks_main.html.

Wildlife and Habitat at Round MountainWILDLIFE AND HABITAT Round Mountain’s 253 acres provide habitat to a diversified wildlife population. The Forest canopy contains deciduous trees such as oaks, maples, ashes, and beech. Evergreens such as white pine and red cedar are present in isolated groves or at the edges of fields.

Round Mountain serves as a resting area for migratory birds and is home for many year-round residents. Woodland birds such as Wood Thrush and warblers have been seen within the park. Wild Turkeys are a common sight.

Eastern Bluebird and American Kestrel boxes have been installed to increase nesting opportunities for these species. There is a mountain stream which provides suitable habitat for amphibians, while the rocky terrain in some areas of the park provides suitable habitat for reptiles. White-tailed Deer and Red Fox are common. There has also been evidence of nocturnal mammals such as Raccoons and Striped Skunks.

HUNTING is permitted to control the deer population. Hunters must obtain a special permit issued by the Division to be able 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.

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.

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.

Acreage 250
Meeting Room NO
Mountain Biking YES
Campsites NO
Canoe Access NO
Cross County Skiing NO
Fishing NO
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 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

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LOCATION

The Round Mountain Section is located in Readington Township at 100 Foothill Road, Flemington 08822. Restrooms and additional parking are available at Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington. The park is open from sunrise to sunset.

PHYSICAL ADDRESS 100 FOOT HILL ROAD, FLEMINGTON, NJ 08822

Directions to Foothill Road Parking from the Flemington Area Take Route 31 north about 5 miles from the Flemington Circle. Before the second light after crossing the South Branch of the Raritan River, turn right onto Foothill Road. This is a windy gravel road. The parking area is on the right just before the intersection with Route 629.

Directions to Foothill Road Parking from the Clinton Area Take Route 31 south about 5.5 miles from Interstate 78. Use the jug handle for Route 618 (Stanton Grange Road) and proceed to the end of this road. Turn right onto Route 629 and drive about 3/4 mile. Turn right onto Foothill Road. The entrance to the parking area will be to the left.

For directions to Deer Path Park, see its brochure. (Use the soccer lot for parking.)

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Peter Buell TrailTRAILS AND GUIDE 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.

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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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