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WESCOTT PRESERVE
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PHYSICAL ADDRESS
MAIN PARKING LOT 70 RAVEN ROCK-ROSEMONT ROAD, STOCKTON, NJ 08559
STRIMPLES MILL SECTION 63 STRIMPLES MILL ROAD, STOCKTON, NJ 08559

Phone: 908-782-1158 * Fax: 908-806-4057
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Wescott Preserve - Guide and Trail Map

ABOUT WESCOTT PRESERVE

Wescott Nature PreserveWescott Preserve is named after Lloyd Wescott (1907-1990), an agriculturalist and philanthropist who was the founder and first chairman of the Hunterdon Medical Center. Wescott and his wife Barbara purchased this farm in 1959, and raised dairy cows. In 1966, they donated 15 acres of land to the county for open space, which became Hunterdon’s first county park. The park even predates the Division, which was established in 1973. The Wescotts donated an additional 65 acres to the county four years later.

In 2006, 102 acres of mature woodlands and meadows along the Lockatong Creek were added through the generous efforts of the Peters family, the Hunterdon Land Trust, and the county.

Also on the property is a former one-room schoolhouse. Built out of stone in 1861, it was known as the John Reading School or District Schoolhouse #97.

RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Wescott offers an easy to moderate 1/2-mile loop trail off of Raven Rock-Rosemont Road that winds through meadows and hardwoods and provides a vista overlooking the creek. A 1.5-mile hiking trail connects Strimples Mill Road to Mimi’s Trail. This trail continues another mile and enters the Hunterdon Land Trust’s Zega Tract, which has a parking lot on Raven Rock-Rosemont Road.

FISHING is permitted in the Lockatong Creek and access to the creek is by the loop trail. State Fish and Wildlife laws apply. For more information on Hunterdon Land Trust, contact them at (908) 237-4582 or http://hunterdonlandtrust.org/.

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. 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.

HABITAT & WILDLIFE Wescott Preserve offers a unique diversity in habitat and a wonderful opportunity to view wildlife. It exhibits a stately stand of Eastern Hemlock trees, uncommon in the county. Hemlocks have been hurt by the Woolly Adelgid, an invasive insect from Asia. Studies have been done on the Hemlocks at Wescott Preserve to help discover solutions to this pest.

The meadow provides shelter and food for grassland species. Eastern Bluebirds and American Kestrels take advantage of the nesting
boxes. Crickets, katydids, and other insects call from the meadow during the summer.

The Lockatong Creek, a native trout stream, provides an excellent draw for wildlife. Crayfish and other aquatic invertebrates live in the stream. Tracks from deer, raccoons, and other animals can be found along the banks of the stream and the edge of the trail. Within the
wooded areas, other signs of wildlife can be observed, such as woodpecker holes in trees.

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 182
Meeting Room NO
Mountain Biking NO

Campsites

NO
Canoe Access NO
Cross County Skiing YES
Fishing YES
Fitness Trail NO
Gardens NO
Hiking/Nature Trails YES
Horseshoe Court NO
Horse Trails NO
Hunting YES
Information Boards YES
Nature Study YES
Picnic Pavilions YES
Picnic Sites NO
Playground NO
Restrooms NO
Scenic Vistas YES
Sledding Area NO
Soccer & Baseball/Softball Fields NO
Visitor Center NO
Gazebo NO
Parking YES
Reservable Facility NO

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LOCATION

Wescott Preserve is located in Delaware Township. The parking areas are located at 70 Raven Rock-Rosemont Road, Stockton 08559 and 63 Strimples Mill Road, Stockton. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. Please note that there are no restroom facilities at this preserve.

PHYSICAL ADDRESS

MAIN PARKING LOT 70 RAVEN ROCK-ROSEMONT ROAD, STOCKTON, NJ 08559
STRIMPLES MILL SECTION 63 STRIMPLES MILL ROAD, STOCKTON, NJ 08559

Directions from Flemington to Raven Rock-Rosemont Road Parking Lot Travel west on Route 12 to the circle and take Route 523 south. In Sergeantsville, turn right onto Route 604 and proceed to Rosemont. In Rosemont turn left onto Route 519. Route 519 makes an “S” bend while leaving Rosemont. Near the end of the “S” Bend, turn right onto Raven Rock-Rosemont Road. Proceed on Raven Rock-Rosemont Road approximately a mile until you come to the preserve located on the right.

Directions from Flemington to Strimples Mill Road Parking Lot Travel west on Route 12 to the circle and take Route 523 south. At the junction with Route 604 in the center of Sergeantsville, turn right onto Route 604 and proceed to Rosemont. At Rosemont turn right onto Route 519 and proceed north. Strimples Mill Road will be a left turn in about a mile. Proceed on Strimples Mill Road for about 1.5 miles. After a hard left bend, the parking area will be on the left.

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TRAIL AND GUIDE INFORMATION

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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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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