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Guidelines for Gnome and Fairy Houses on he Colubmial TrailCall 908-782-1158 or email with questions


Built from organic materials only ( no plastics/no cardboard )

Footprint, height/width not to exceed any more than a 12 inch squared area

All homes and structures to reside outside a 25 foot right of way. (12.5 feet on each side of center line of trail)

No more than 10 structures per 100 feet of trail (clustered or spaced)

No clearing /damage to live vegetation ( no nails in trees or permanent attachments)

No hanging or suspended structures / all structures at ground level

Small figurines are permitted in structure

No profanity

It is the responsibility of the individuals placing gnomes/homes to maintain & remove it when decay is evident.

A once yearly clearing of any decaying materials will be conducted by Hunterdon County Parks with notice on the trail to the public.

The Gnomes/Fairies are accepted and enjoyed by the residents and pedestrian traffic of the Columbia Trail, however Hunterdon County reserves the right to remove any structures within the park property which do not adhere to these guidelines.





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