Hunterdon County, NJ | Department of Planning, Economic Development and Land Use | Tower Hill Reserve

 


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TOWER HILL RESERVE
GUIDE

PHYSICAL ADDRESS
944 MOUNTAIN VIEW ROAD, ASBURY, NJ 08802

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

 


Tower Hill Reserve - Guide and Trail Map
 

ABOUT TOWER HILL RESERVE

Tower Hill Farm HouseThis former farm was purchased by Conrad Wene (1798-1881) in 1841. Shortly after, he built a one-room frame house and outbuildings, including a unique two-story springhouse. During the late 1800s, the farmhouse was enlarged several times, including the additions of a kitchen extension, full-length porch, and second floor. In 1932, siblings Ira and Margaret Devonald purchased the farm for their father. Frederick Devonald (1867-1933), a native of Wales, immigrated to Newark in 1888, taking a job as a bookkeeper for Thomas Edison at his West Orange laboratory. In 1893, he met and married Julia Miller (1872-1951), who was probably the
only female employed by Edison. Her voice was used in the production of the first talking dolls. After Frederick died in 1933, the nine Devonald siblings used the farm as a country retreat from the city. They farmed the land, trained horses, raised fighting birds, and constructed a swimming pond in 1955. Margaret sold the farm to the County in 1983. Today, it consists of 271 acres.

RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Tower Hill offers an easy hiking trail which is approximately one mile in length. The trail meanders along the edge of the meadows that comprise most of the reserve. Mountain biking and cross-country skiing are permitted on the trail. Horseback riding is not permitted within the park. The trail crosses Mountain View Road twice. Please use caution when crossing. Trails can be very wet in spring or after heavy rains.

WILDLIFE AND HABITAT The meadows at Tower Hill are managed for grassland birds, through late-season mowing. Bird species of note include Eastern Bluebirds, American Woodcock, and Baltimore Orioles. Beautiful wildflowers such as white clover, butter-and-eggs, and white snakeroot draw Monarchs, swallowtails, and other butterflies.

HUNTING In order to control the population of deer on park property, hunting is permitted. Hunters must obtain a special permit issued by the Division to be able to hunt on the preserve. 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 * 271
Meeting Room NO
Mountain Biking NO

Campsites

YES
Canoe Access NO
Cross County Skiing NO
Fishing NO
Fitness Trail NO
Gardens NO
Hiking/Nature Trails YES
Horseshoe Court NO
Horse Trails NO
Hunting * YES
Information Boards NO
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
* ACREAGE & ALLOWABLE HUNTING INCLUDES: Charlestown Greenway Section and Van Leight Management Area

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LOCATION

Recreational OpportunitiesTower Hill is located in Bethlehem Township at 944 Mountain View Road, Asbury 08802. A grass parking lot is available. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. Please note that there are no restroom facilities at this park.

PHYSICAL ADDRESS 944 MOUNTAIN VIEW ROAD, ASBURY, NJ 08802

Directions from the Clinton Area Take I-78 west to exit 12. At the stop sign, make a left onto Route 173 and then a quick right onto Route 635. Proceed to the village of Norton and turn left onto Norton Church Road. After a short distance, turn right onto Mountain View Road. The parking lot will be on the left hand side.

Directions from Bloomsbury Area Take I-78 east to exit 11. From the exit ramp turn left and cross over I-78. Follow the circle around and turn right onto Strotz Road. Continue on Strotz Road to Norton Church
Road and turn right. Proceed to Mountain View Road, turn left, and continue to the parking lot on the left.

 

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TRAIL GUIDES AND INFORMATION

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.

THE HIGHLANDS TRAIL extends 150 miles from Storm King Mountain on the Hudson River in New York south to Riegelsville on the Delaware River in New Jersey. It is a combination of established trails, new trails, and road walking. Blazed with teal-colored diamonds, the trail displays the scenic and natural beauty of the Highlands Region. A section of the trail lies within Tower Hill Reserve. For more on the Highlands Trail, visit the New York - New Jersey Trail Conference’s website, www.nynjtc.org/region/highlands-trail.

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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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