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Uplands Nature Reserve


Originally known as “Uplands” due to its hilly terrain, this farm was purchased by George Large (1879-1958) and his wife Frances in 1931. Large was a Hunterdon County judge, and in 1934, he was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General for the upcoming Flemington trial of the kidnapping and murder of Colonel Charles Lindbergh’s infant son. His assignment for the prosecution team was to obtain depositions and question witnesses for the case. To avoid the press, the Lindberghs were shuttled to several different locations, including Uplands. It was here where Charles Lindbergh spent a somber 33rd birthday. A week later, on February 13, 1935, the jury found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of murder. Afterwards, Judge Large continued with his law firm until his death. The property changed ownership until 1986 when the county acquired 101 acres for open space. Foundations of some structures remain.

Uplands ReserveRECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Uplands offers a moderate 1.1 mile loop trail adjacent to the Bernadette Morales Trail System. The trail meanders through a mixture of hardwood forest, fields in natural succession, hedgerows, and thickets. The trail was constructed for an Eagle Scout project. To access the Uplands Trail, take the Main Trail from the Bernadette Morales parking area to the junction of the Eagle Trail. The Eagle Trail turns into the Uplands Trail. This stretch adds 1.6 miles for a round-trip hike.

HUNTING In order to control the population of deer in Uplands, hunting is permitted. Hunters must obtain a special permit issued by the Division. 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.

BERNADETT MORALES NATURE PRESERVE The Bernadette Morales Nature Preserve is maintained by the Flemington-Raritan Parks and Recreation Committee. Bernadette Morales, Mine Brook Park, the Dvoor Farm, and Uplands form a contiguous greenway. For more information, contact the Flemington-Raritan Parks and Recreation Committee at (908) 782-7094 or visit

SUCCESSION AT UPLANDS Uplands provides a unique look at succession. Since its time as an estate, different areas have been reclaimed by nature. Along the trail, evergreens are still present in the canopy. These evergreens have been enclosed by hardwoods and will eventually die out. Also, observe the young growth that is occurring throughout the park. While most of the hardwood canopy consists of oak trees, the new growth consists mostly of young maple trees. This is due to wildlife like White-tailed Deer, Eastern Gray Squirrels, and Wild Turkey foraging on acorns. This consumption of acorns is preventing the regrowth of oak trees. Eventually these young maple trees will grow and dominate the canopy.

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 100
Meeting Room NO
Mountain Biking NO


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

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Uplands Reserve is located in Raritan Township. Access is through the Bernadette Morales Nature Preserve at 103 Capner Street, Flemington 08822. Both areas are open from sunrise to sunset. Please note that there are no restroom facilities at these locations.


Directions from the Clinton Area Travel south on Route 513 until the junction with Route 617. Turn left on to Route 617 and travel about 8.5 miles. Turn right on Barton Hollow Road and continue to the stop sign. Turn left onto Old Croton Road, then make the first left onto Capner Street. The parking area is located on the left-hand side.

Directions from the Lambertville Area Take Route 202 north to the jug-handle for South Main Street for Flemington. Follow South Main Street to the junction with the Main Street Circle and proceed west on Route 12. On Route 12, continue past the next circle to the traffic
light. At the traffic light turn right onto Old Croton Road. Proceed to Capner Street and turn right. Continue to the parking lot on the left.

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Trail Guides are set up with the brochure on one side, and the map on the other.  The brochure should be printed on legal size page, and the map can be printed on standard 8 ½ x 11” paper. 

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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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