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Cushetunk Mountain Nature Preserve
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Welcome to Cushetunk Mountain Nature Preserve. These mountains in Clinton Township were formed by volcanic activity during the Triassic period over 160 million years ago. Lenni Lenape inhabitants referred to the area as "Cushetunk", meaning "place of hogs", since wild hogs roamed about. Settlers simply referred to it as "hog mountain". Since vast boulders of Diabase rock made farming unsuitable, attention was focused on timber and logging practices. The natural bowl formation of the valley made the construction of the Round Valley Reservoir quite ideal. Several farms contained in the valley were purchased by the state and the area was flooded in the 1960's. At an average depth of 160’ below sea level, the reservoir is the deepest body of water in New Jersey.

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