Hunterdon County, NJ | Department of Planning, Economic Development and Land Use | Sunnyside Picnic Area & Awossagame Grove - Part of the South Branch Reservation












Part of the South Branch Reservation


Phone: 908-782-1158 * Fax: 908-806-4057


Sunnside Picnic Area - Guide and Trail Map

Sunnyside Picnic Area Recreational OpportunitiesABOUT THE SUNNY SIDE PICNIC AREA

Sunnyside Picnic Area was owned by Charles W. Alpaugh from 1921 until 1932. He was president of the South Branch Power Company and a self-proclaimed “Pioneer Power Developer.” He proposed a plan to harness the waters of the South Branch by constructing a power plant to generate hydroelectricity, however, his venture never gained public support and the project was abandoned by 1928. This 63-acre property changed hands several times until 1975. That year, the County acquired the land as an addition to the South Branch Reservation.

Today, the South Branch Reservation encompasses over a thousand acres and helps preserve the watershed of the South Branch of the Raritan River. The reservation preserves wildlife Habitat and provides recreational opportunities.

AWOSSAME GROVE This grove is dedicated to the residents of Hunterdon County who were lost on September 11th, 2001. “Awossagame” is the Lenni Lenape word that means “heaven” or “a sacred place.” Twenty trees were planted in the grove shortly after the tragedy, but at the time the number of victims had not been confirmed. Later, sixteen of the trees were dedicated, one for each county resident lost. A stone monument reads “To plant a tree is to trust in the future.” Five Arrowwood Viburnum bushes planted in the grove represent the five points of the Pentagon. Four benches along the riverbank symbolize the four planes that were lost that tragic day.

RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Along the trail, three picnic sites with grills are available for public use. The area just beyond the parking lot provides river access for canoes. Canoeing is a wonderful way to view wildlife, including waterfowl and aquatic reptiles like Painted Turtles.

FISHING Adjacent to the South Branch of the Raritan River, Sunnyside offers a wonderful location for fishing. The river is stocked with Rainbow, Brook, and Brown Trout. A trail runs the length of the property and provides several points of access to the river. A state fishing license must be displayed while fishing along the river.


  • Echo Hill Park: Located on Lilac Drive, this site offers a mile loop trail, playground, and a fishing pond. Special events are held here and two meeting rooms are reservable.
  • Stanton Station Section: Offers a fisher man’s trail along the South Branch of the Raritan River and provides a few scenic overlooks.
  • Valinski Section: Offers a canoe launch area into the South Branch of the Raritan River, and a meadow managed for grassland birds.

See the guides for these locations to obtain more information about the sites.

Acreage 66
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 NO
Information Boards YES
Nature Study YES
Picnic Pavilions NO
Picnic Sites YES
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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Sunnyside Picnic Area is located at 47 Kiceniuk Road, Annandale 08801 (Clinton Township). The park is open from sunrise to sunset. Please note that there are no restroom facilities in this area.


Directions from the Flemington Area From the Flemington Circle, take Route 31 north about 5.6 miles, and make a right onto the jug handle for Stanton Station Road. On Stanton Station Road, make the first right onto Lilac Drive. Travel approximately one mile to Kiceniuk Road and turn left. After crossing the railroad tracks, Kiceniuk bears to the right. Continue to follow Kiceniuk, and the parking lot is on the left just before the bridge.

Directions from the Clinton Area Take Route 31 south about 5 miles from Interstate 78 to the traffic light for Payne Road. Turn right onto Payne Road and proceed to the end. Turn left on to Lilac Drive and proceed for just over a mile. Turn right at Kiceniuk Road and follow the
directions above.

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NOTES: 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
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