TEETERTOWN PRESERVE/MOUNTAIN FARM
The Teetertown Preserve's 147-acre Ravine Section was acquired to protect one of the most significant natural areas in Hunterdon County. This section offers the solitude of a densely wooded area including hardwoods, shrubs, and animal life. It also showcases a spectacular rushing stream winding its way through the Ravine's dramatic rock outcroppings. In 1999, an adjoining 155 acres were purchased. Now called Mountain Farm, this section added large fields and two ponds. Rare birds, such as Bobolinks, have been seen here, and Eastern Bluebird boxes are maintained by a volunteer.
Adjacent to Teetertown is the 232-acre Crystal Springs Preserve. As its name implies, this preserve is an important source of water for NJ. Its five ponds represent the headwaters of the Spruce Run Creek, and is one of the primary sources for Spruce Run Reservoir.
Teetertown contains the highest elevation in Hunterdon County at 1,051 feet above sea level. This elevation is located in the section between Sharrer Rd. and Pleasant Grove Rd.
The preserve was named after John Teeter who purchased a pre-Revolutionary War gristmill in 1814. From the mill, Mr. Teeter was able to produce flour and grist. After extensively altering the mill in 1820, he turned over operations to his son-in-law, Samuel Dorland. In 1896, Lawrence Hager Trimmer (1847- 1909), founder and director of the High Bridge National Bank, established the Middle Valley Trap Rock and Mine Company with Teetertown Ravine serving as the location for quarry operations. Crushing 400 tons of rock daily, with the help of a 150 horsepower engine, the plant finally ceased production in 1923. One of Samuel Dorland’s relatives, Elsie Teeter, lived on a nearby farm with her husband, James Lance. The farm remained in the posession of the Lance family until 1926. In 1953, the Watchtower and Bible Tract Society of New York, Inc. (Jehovah's Witnesses) took ownership of the site as a communal farm, calling it "Mountain Farm." However, due to economics, the farm was considered surplus and was sold to the County in 1999.
STATION AT TEETERTOWN NATURE PRESERVE
Courtesy of the US Division of Interior, for
the New Jersey Forest Fire Service a Weather Station has been installed
at the Teetertown Preserve. The official Weather Station Location is:
Mountain Farm Section of the Teetertown Preserve
40 Pleasant Grove Road
Port Murray, NJ 07865-3244
For information please visit: http://raws.wrh.noaa.gov/roman/ (ROMAN: Real-time Observation Monitor and Analysis Network)
- Click on "States" at bottom of page;
- Then click on the State of NJ , on map (see
all 8 stations in NJ);
- Scroll down to "Teetertown" (see current weather
summary & compare to other NJ stations on that page);
- Then click on word "Teetertown" for graphics
& comparative data;
- Select data for list, or graphic comparisons;
- Use Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), default
listed, or switch to "Local Time," (local Military Time) at left
side of screen;
- HAVE FUN!
FYI, the weather station reports to the satellite
hourly, at 10 seconds before - 10 minutes past each hour.
For additional information, please contact
the Division of Parks and Recreation at at 908-782-1158 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
& SPECIAL EVENTS: 20 PLEASANT GROVE ROAD, PORT MURRAY,
SUMMER ACTIVITY CENTER: 30 PLEASANT GROVE ROAD, PORT MURRAY, NJ 07865
ADDITIONAL PARKING: 40 PLEASANT GROVE ROAD, PORT MURRAY, NJ 07865
park is open from sunrise
Location: Teetertown Preserve is located in Lebanon Township, although it is a Port Murray mailing address. Besides the three parking areas along Pleasant Grove Road, there are pull-offs for parking along Hollow Brook Road.
To Mountain Farm Section Parking Area: Proceed north on Route 31 for 1.7 miles to Route 513 north. Turn right and follow Route 513 through High Bridge toward Califon for about 6.5 miles. Just past the A&P, turn left onto Sliker Road and proceed about 1.6 miles to Pleasant Grove Road. Turn right and travel another 0.6 miles to the driveway for Mountain Farm on the right-hand side, at 30 Pleasant Grove Road, Port Murray 07865.
To Ravine Section Parking Area: Follow directions above onto Sliker Road. After about 1.3 miles on Sliker Road, turn right onto Teetertown Road. Follow the left fork of the road about 1 mile to the stop sign at Hollow Brook Road. Turn left and proceed 0.1 mile up the ravine. There are two single-vehicle pull-offs near the trailheads.
Driving Directions to Teetertown
FISHING The two ponds are excellent for bass and bluegill fishing (catch and release only). Trout fishing is permitted in Hollow Brook. The large pond is also stocked with Rainbow Trout. Fishermen must display an NJ Trout Stamp to keep trout, per season limits. See our Fishing Reference Guide.
HUNTING In order to control the deer population, hunting is allowed (by Parks Division permit only) in some sections of this park. Please wear blaze orange during hunting season or confine your visits to Sundays. See additional information on the Hunterdon County Park System Controlled Hunting Program. There is no hunting from 5:00 PM on Fridays to 5:00 AM on Mondays through November 15.
PICNIC: Non-reservable picnic areas are available on the shoreline of the large pond and along the road through the wooded area behind the barn.
CAMPING: Public and group campsites are available, by reservation only. All necessities must be carried in and out of public
"wilderness" sites, a 1/2 to 3/4 mile hike from water and parking. Group lean-to and tent campsites are available, with adjacent permit parking. Portable restroom facilities are nearby to public and group campsites.
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
All trails are clearly recognizable and are good for hiking, biking, or horseback riding, except the Blue Trail which is for hiking only.
White Trail: The 0.7-mile White Trail consists of old logging trails. The two ends of the trail are clearly defined with park signs along Hollow Brook Road. Portions of this trail parallel a stream and pass old rock walls.
Red Trail: TThis 1-mile trail winds through the upper portion of the ravine. About halfway, the trail enters a field (where it intersects with the Pond Trail). The trail parallels the woods and then re-enters them. Wilderness campsites are located along the Red Trail.
Blue Trail: Starting from the red trail, this 0.6-mile trail crosses a stream, proceeds inside a small ravine, exits over a rock wall, and passes many wetland plants. The end of the trail follows along the top of the ravine with a splendid view of the valley. It turns and proceeds down a very steep hill to the road. Follow the road to the left to return to Hollow Brook Road and the ravine.
Pond Trail: his trail connects the Teetertown Ravine trails to the fields, ponds, and campsites of the Mountain Farm Section. The trail crosses a gently sloping hillside, passing through a field filled with beautiful seasonal wildflowers. Group campsites are accessed off the Pond Trail's spur line.
Old Orchard Trail: This 0.6-mile trail winds around what was once a peach orchard. As you walk this path, notice the pile of rocks cleared from the field by farmers. Mullein, staghorn sumac, and multiflora rose are a few of the plants that have started to take over the field. The thickets along the fence are excellent places for birds to feed and find shelter. Bluebirds are often seen along this trail.