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Your Guide to the Most Unique, Hike-Worthy Spots
With towns like East Brunswick, Metuchen, Monroe and Woodbridge, it’s no wonder there are so many stellar places frequently visited and hiked in New Jersey’s Middlesex County. Both Jersey natives and out-of-town visitors are partial to some of these hidden hiking gems, which just add to the appeal of living in this admired, beautiful county. If you’re new to the area or need some fresh suggestions, here are the five best hiking spots Middlesex County has to offer:
1. Pin Oak Forest in Woodbridge
Boasting a generous amount of acreage just shy of 100 (97 to be exact), Pin Oak Forest in Woodbridge is situated on the Woodbridge River. Hikers have been known to witness endangered and threatened species while hiking these trails, such as the red-headed woodpecker. This is thanks to the Ernest L. Oros Wildlife Preserve, Woodbridge Township and the Woodbridge River Watch, which collectively monitor and manage the land. Unlike other Middlesex County hiking spots, Pin Oak Forest also has a butterfly garden for visitors to admire before, after or during their hike.
2. Tamarack Hollow Preserve in East Brunswick
The source of many fresh, delicious and locally grown harvest finds, Tamarack Hollow Preserve is comprised of a dense forest and East Brunswick farmland. If you enjoy hiking more for the photography and sightseeing – and are worried less about burning calories and building up stamina – then the Tamarack Hollow Preserve is the right choice for your next Middlesex County hiking trip. Its simple terrain allows for an easy hike, which can be experienced along two different hiking trails, each with stunning views during every season.
3. Thompson Park Conservation Area in Monroe
There are nine hiking trails to choose from when Middlesex County residents and visitors take a trip to the Thompson Park Conservation Area in Monroe. These trails vary from beginner to advanced levels. The 925-acre park and conservation area is the perfect place for bird watchers to spend a day with their cameras, binoculars and maps, as it’s a prime location to view various types of falcons, quail, cranes and other species. It’s conveniently located near Monroe Township’s middle school, high school and soccer fields, and offers easy access for patrons.
4. John A. Phillips Open Space Preserve in Old Bridge
Anyone who hikes at John A. Phillips Open Space Preserve is participating in a big part of Middlesex County’s history. The land was one of the very first purchases of the Middlesex County Open Space and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. Not to mention, the 1,728-acre preserve is the largest within the county’s park system. While hundreds of these acres consist of wetlands, the John A. Phillips Open Space Preserve also is set within the most northern section of the New Jersey Pine Barrens habitat. Here, hikers are able to catch glimpses of huckleberry trees, pitch pine trees and even rare types of plants and flowers that are specific to the Pine Barrens.
5. Davidson’s Mill Pond Park in South Brunswick
This Middlesex County park may not be the most developed hiking area, but Davidson’s Mill Pond Park in South Brunswick is an amazing place to spend the day with family and/or friends. Filled with walking and open play areas, beautiful bodies of water, prime fishing locations and a small boat-launching ramp for kayaks, canoes and row boats, Davidson’s Mill Pond Park is the ideal fall, spring or summer day-trip location. Hikers are able to soak up stunning, picturesque views while they travel through the trails, including a clear pond, a waterfall and a historical mill.
Luxury Apartments for Rent in Middlesex County, New Jersey
Although there are a handful of amazing places to hike throughout the year, Middlesex County also offers townships that are conveniently situated in its urban and prosperous areas – just a short drive away from these prime outdoor spots. This applies to Metuchen’s Woodmont Metro, a luxury apartment community that is situated at NJ Transit’s Metuchen station. Contact Woodmont Metro by calling our office at 844-459-1442, or visit our website to schedule a visit.