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SOURLAND MOUNTAIN PRESERVE

MAIN PARK ACCESS ADDRESS 233 RILEYVILLE ROAD, RINGOES, NJ 08551
NORTH SECTION ADDRESS 13 RIDGE ROAD, RINGOES, NJ 08551

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

 


Sourland Mountain Nature Preserve - Guide and Trail Map

ABOUT SOURLAND MOUNTAIN PRESERVE

The name “Sourlands” is derived from the fact that early settlers found the rocky soils difficult to farm. The limited supply of groundwater saved the forest from destruction by developers. Its woodlands shelter a very rich and diverse native plant community.

The park’s 364 acres are comprised of a deciduous forest with a swamp surrounded by two streams. Formed almost 200 million years ago, the rocks of the Sourlands, called diabase or “trap rock,” were used to produce railroad ballast, concrete aggregate, and Belgian blocks for road beds. Evidence from quarrying can still be found embedded along the fissures of some boulders.

The Sourland Mountains are also steeped in mysticism and history. Some say compasses do not work in these hills; others say the mountains are haunted. John Hart, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, hid in these hills during the Revolution. The Lindbergh Estate, the site of the famous baby kidnapping/murder, is near the property.

SOURLANDS ECOSYSTEM PRESERVE Sourlands Ecosystem Preserve (formerly called Stony Brook North) is public open space that is owned and managed by the D&R Greenway Land Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving habitat along the Sourland Ridge.

The trail network covers more than eight miles of forest following the headwaters of the Stony Brook. Only recreational hiking is permitted within this park. For more information on Sourlands Ecosystem Preserve or the D&R Greenway, contact them at (609) 924-4646 or visit their website www.drgreenway.org.

RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES This park offers easy hiking and cross-country skiing. For mountain biking, the terrain is flat but rocky. Horseback riding and rock climbing are prohibited in the preserve.

HUNTING Hunting is allowed in the park to control deer numbers. Hunters must obtain a special permit from the Division. During hunting season, visitors to the park are encouraged to wear blaze orange or confine their visits to Sundays. See additional information on the Hunterdon County Park System Controlled Hunting Program.

Acreage 364
Meeting Room NO
Mountain Biking YES
Campsites NO
Canoe Access NO
Cross County Skiing YES
Fishing NO
Fitness Trail NO
Gardens NO
Hiking/Nature Trails YES
Horseshoe Court NO
Horse Trails NO
Hunting YES
Information Boards YES
Nature Study YES
Picnic Pavilions NO
Picnic Sites NO
Playground NO
Restrooms NO
Scenic Vistas NO
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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Sourland Mountain Nature PreserveLOCATION

Sourland Mountain is located in East Amwell Township, in the southeastern section of Hunterdon County. There is a small parking area at 233 Rileyville Road, Ringoes 08551. Please note: No restrooms facilities are available

PHYSICAL ADDRESS:

  • MAIN PARK ACCESS 233 RILEYVILLE ROAD, RINGOES, NJ 08551
  • NORTH SECTION 13 RIDGE ROAD, RINGOES, NJ 08551

Directions from the Flemington Area Take Route 202/31 south from the Flemington Circle for 5 miles to the jug handle for Wertsville Road (Route 602). Use the traffic light to cross over Route 202/31. Continue on Wertsville Road for 3.3 miles to Rileyville Road (Route 607). Turn right onto Rileyville; go 1.7 miles. The park entrance is on the left and is marked by a Green Acres sign as well as a County Park sign. The entrance is shared by two other driveways; continue up the center driveway to the small parking area. Do not
block the gated access road.

Directions from the Lambertville Area Take Route 202 North for about 6 miles to Ringoes. Turn right onto Wertsville Road (Route 602), and follow the directions above.

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TRAIL AND GUIDE INFORMATION

Mountain Preserve is very wide and flat, with a short uphill slope at the end. The trail winds through a beautiful deciduous forest, strewn with large boulders. Along this trail is a floodplain with a rich diversity of aquatic life.

  • Main Trail The main trail in Sourland Mountain Preserve is very wide and flat, with a short uphill slope at the end. The trail winds through a beautiful deciduous forest, strewn with large boulders. Along this trail is a floodplain with a rich diversity of aquatic life.
  • Yellow Trail This trail branches off the Main Trail, about a quarter of a mile from the parking area. It can be a very wet trail and crosses a small stream where hikers must rock hop. In spring, many wildflowers can be found along this trail.
  • White Trail This trail connects the end of the Main Trail with the Yellow Trail. It traverses a few rocky areas and can be very wet in spring or after rains.
  • Blue Trail: This trail branches off the Service Road Trail and connects to Ridge Road. It climbs through the boulder area and crosses one
    of the creeks. The creek crossing may be impassable during the wet spring season. This trail also uses a D&R Trail easement. Please
    follow the established trail.

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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