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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

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South Branch Reservation

Hunterdon County began buying land along the South Branch of the Raritan River in 1974, when the Assiscong Marsh was acquired. Most of the remaining land was purchased in 1975, but additional parcels have been purchased through the 21st century.

Today, over 1000 acres of parkland exist along this river, and these pieces are collectively referred to as the South Branch Reservation. This reservation helps protect the watershed and provides wildlife habitat. It also provides recreational opportunities such as canoeing, fishing, birding, hiking, biking, and picnicking. Download our brochure which is designed as an overview of the South Branch Reservation. Many of the sections have their own trail map and guide. These brochures are available at the Hunterdon County Arboretum or the Hunterdon County Website: www.co.hunterdon.nj.us (click on "Parks & Recreation"). A separate map of the South Branch is also available for download.


Canoeing Canoeing the South Branch of the Raritan River is a wonderful way to view wildlife. The river corridor provides an excellent habitat for waterfowl, which can be seen all along the river. Aquatic reptiles, such as Painted Turtles and Northern Water Snakes, are regularly observed perched on the stone and tree outcroppings along the banks of the river. Recommended canoe access sites are Melick's Bridge, Pine Hill, Valinski, Sunnyside, and Stanton Station.

Fishing The South Branch of the Raritan River is a popular fishing destination. All sections listed here permit fishing, except Assiscong Marsh. The river is seasonally stocked with trout. New Jersey State Fish and Wildlife laws apply, and a state fishing license with a trout stamp must be displayed to fish trout-stocked waters.

Sharing the South Branch of the Raritan River River etiquette calls for canoers and tubers to maneuver around someone fishing whenever possible. But please understand not all paddlers have this knowledge, nor is it always feasible with river currents, so those who are fishing should politely communicate their needs to ensure a safe passing distance is obtained.

Trails Many of the South Branch sections have short hiking trails, including Wings and Stanton Station. Some can also be used for biking or horseback riding. Please check each section's brochure for specific information, or look for our guides on Hiking, Biking, and Horseback Riding. The basic rule of trail etiquette is "wheels yield to heels, yield to horses" (Bikers yield to both, and pedestrians yield to horses).

The South Branch Reservation is located in Clinton, Franklin, Raritan and Readington Townships. The following park areas are located within the South Branch Reservation, with links to more information on them. 

Arches Section: 55 West Main Street, High Bridge, NJ 08829 (High Bridge Borough)
Assiscong Marsh Section: 150 River Road, Flemington, NJ 08822 (Raritan Township)
Melick's Bridge Section: Hamden-River Road, Clinton, NJ (Clinton and Franklin Townships)
Pine Hill Section: 34 Pine Hill Road, Annandale, NJ 08801 (Franklin Township)
Riverfield Section: 1738 State Highway 31 North, Clinton, NJ 08809 (Clinton Township)
Stanton Station Section: 30 Stanton Station Road, Flemington, NJ 08822 (Raritan Township)
Sunnyside Picnic Area: 47 Kiceniuk Road, Annandale, NJ 08801 (Clinton Township)
Wings Section: Deer Path Road, Flemington, NJ 08822 (Readington Township)
Valinsky's Section: River Road, Clinton, NJ 08809 (Clinton and Franklin Townships)