Enjoy the Great Outdoors!
Whatever your chosen activity, you couldn’t ask for a sunnier time of year—or a finer array of recreation spots. Here’s a sampling.
You know you love the game—here are places in our area where you can show that little white ball who’s boss.
1210 Raritan Rd.
220 Bunker Hill Rd.
49 Southfield Rd.
3 Golf Dr.
587 Garretson Rd.
1300 Raritan Rd.
70 Hunters Glen Dr.
725 Village Rd. West
850 Bear Tavern Rd.
2301 S. Branch Rd.
1 Wheeler Way
625 New Brunswick Rd.
491 Sidney Rd.
201 Hamilton Rd.
777 Hoes Ln. West
582 Elizabeth Ave.
97 Hardenburg Ln.
955 Route 27
500 Warrenville Rd.
There are many excellent opportunities in central Jersey for riders of all ability levels to saddle up.
1905 E. River Rd.
355 Rattlesnake Bridge Rd.
281 Long Hill Rd.
901 Valley Rd.
3299 Bordentown Ave.
256 S. Maple Ave.
431 Federal City Rd. #B
3297 Bordentown Ave.
1160 Summit Ln.
Bored with your backyard? Check out this roster of parks and what they offer.
Spruce Run Recreation Area
68 Van Syckles Rd.
6 picnic areas, charcoal grills.
Round Valley Reservoir
2,000+ acres, featuring 3 marked trails, with camping, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking.
John A. Roebling Memorial Park
W. Park Ave.
Hiking trails, biking trails, fishing, marshlands, picnic areas, nature center.
Lawrence Hopewell Trail
Biking trail, access to the watershed, educational gardens, equestrian center.
P Herrontown Woods Arboretum
624 Snowden Ln.
142-acre wooded park, nature trails.
Princeton Battlefield State Park
Hiking trails, bird watching, historic battlefield.
Old Great Rd., Drakes Corner Rd.
Nature trail, bird watching, Council Rock and Tent Rock.
Washington Crossing State Park
Route 29 North
Hiking trails, nature trails, horseback riding, mountain biking, museum, open-air theater, picnic areas, playground, camping, fishing.
South Riverwalk Park
John Fitch Way
Bicycle and pedestrian walkways, playground, pavilion.
Mercer County Park
1638 Old Trenton Rd.
17 athletic fields, 28 lighted tennis courts, mountain biking and biking trails, festival grounds, rowing center, hiking and nature trails, fishing, inline skating, picnic areas, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, cricket pitches, 10 softball fields, Vietnam and 9/11 memorials.
Joseph Medwick Memorial Park
15 Hermann St.
3 picnic areas, playgrounds, synthetic and natural soccer, football and Little League fields.
Ireland Brook Conservation Area
Parkview Ct., Riva Ave.
Ideal for hiking, photography, wildlife viewing, nature study.
Jamesburg Park Conservation Area
Helmetta Blvd., Old Stage Rd.
Several miles of trails perfect for hiking.
Tamarack Hollow Preserve
Hillcrest Ave., Albrecht Ln.
2 miles of hiking, walking, bird watching and photography trails.
151 Parsonage Rd.
“Plays-in-the-Park,” 7 picnic areas, lake, playgrounds and lighted tennis courts.
Thomas Edison Park
Softball fields, soccer field, 16 lighted tennis courts, model airplane field, baseball field, running paths.
S. 2nd Ave.
5 picnic areas, boat ramp, playgrounds, lighted tennis courts, sports field.
10-ft.-wide paved trail for walking, biking, and jogging.
David B. Crabiel Park
38 Elkins Ln.
Playground, paved walkways, soccer/ lacrosse turf field, Little League field.
M Thompson Park Conservation Area
Prospect Plains Rd.
9 miles of trails for hiking, walking, bird watching and photography.
Lighted tennis courts, basketball and handball courts, fields for baseball, softball and soccer, picnic areas, playgrounds, hiking trails, lake/fishing, animal haven, performance gazebo, 18-hole disc golf course.
Alice Jennings Archibald Park
Van Dyke Ave.
Playground, picnic pavilion, 10.5 acres of facilities for baseball, softball, soccer, football, tennis, basketball and handball, lighted for night play.
78 acres of rolling terrain, with a historic mansion, a 1.5-mile cross-country/fitness trail, playground, flower garden, rock garden, fields for baseball, softball, tennis, soccer and cricket. Gazebo and picnic pavilion.
Elmer B. Boyd Park
Route 18 North
20 acres with river and city views, ¾-mile tow path, historical swing bridge, canal and locks.
John A. Phillips Park
3 soccer fields, playgrounds, cricket pitch, softball and baseball fields, paved walkways.
John A. Phillips Preserve
Pleasant Valley Rd.
6.5 miles of marked hiking trails, 1.5-mile self-guided nature trail.
Old Bridge Waterfront Park—
Playground, boardwalk access, walking paths, fishing pier, gazebo.
Route 35 North
Bay access, fishing pier, boardwalk access, comfort area.
Pirate’s Cove at Cliffwood Beach
Playground, gazebo, kayaking access.
Ambrose & Doty’s Brooks Park
South Randolphville Rd.
Undeveloped conservation area.
Animal haven, 7 picnic areas, sports fields, playgrounds, ponds.
80 Scotts Corner Rd.
Lake, 1,000+ protected acres, hiking trails, environmental education center.
Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
Concerts, walking paths, playground, sports fields, bocce.
Davidson’s Mill Pond Park
Small boat launching ramp, fishing, lake, hiking trails.
Heathcote Meadows Preserve
21 Monroe Ct.,
Hiking, walking and wildlife viewing.
Scott’s Corner Conservation Area
50 Rowland Rd.
½-mile wildlife loop trail for hikers.
Spring Lake Park
Concerts, playground, tennis and basketball courts, paved paths.
Alvin P. Williams Memorial Park
Sewaren Peninsula @ Cliff Rd.
2 picnic areas, playground, paved path, playing fields.
King George’s Post Rd.
1 picnic area, lighted tennis courts, 2 lighted street hockey rinks, pond.
9 picnic areas, animal haven, playgrounds, sports fields, lighted tennis courts.
Pin Oak Forest
97 acres of protected land, hiking trails, butterfly garden. William Warren Park
Florida Grove Rd.
4 softball fields, concerts, 3 picnic areas, playgrounds.
Lord Stirling Park
190 Lord Stirling Rd.
Hiking and nature trails, environment education center, stable.
Little Brook Sanctuary
Nature trail, wildlife lookout.
Duke Island Park
Old York Rd.
Biking/hiking trails, 5 picnic areas, playground, softball field, fishing.
North Branch Park
355 Milltown Rd.
Picnic areas, playground, fishing, fields for softball, soccer and model aircraft.
Washington Valley Park
Miller & Newman’s Lns.
Hiking, mountain biking, hawk-watching, pine and hemlock forests, wetland marshes, 21-acre reservoir.
Leonard J. Buck Garden
11 Layton Rd.
33-acre wooded stream valley, trails.
Washington Rock Park
Washington Rock Rd.
Lookout point, picnic sites, nature walk.
Sourland Mountain Preserve
421 E. Mountain Rd.
Hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, bouldering.
2 Main St.
404-acre scenic hilled property, walking trail, nature trail.
2.25-mile paved multiuse loop trail, chess.
156 Mettlers Rd.
Picnic areas, pavilion, playground, walking, jogging, bicycling, fishing, softball field, putting course, paddleboats.
659 Madison Hill Rd.
Playground, skateboard park, soccer and baseball fields.
Oak Ridge Park
136 Oak Ridge Rd.
Fitness trails, archery range.
Rahway River Parkway Jackson’s Pond
Ponds, canoeing, kayaking, fishing.
Rahway River Parkway Osceola
Fishing, multi-use paved paths.
Hanson Park Conservancy
38 Springfield Ave.
Nature and walking paths, butterfly meadow, canoeing, fishing.
130 Kenilworth Blvd.
Nature trails, bicycle path.
1024 Springfield Ave.
Bicycle path, fitness trail, softball, soccer.
Rahway River Parkway
Mohawk Dr. & Sperry Pond
Bicycle path, basketball, fishing.
Playground, picnic area, baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, tennis.
West Stimpson Ave.
Picnic area, playground, pool, snack bar, skateboard park, softball, soccer.
Cedar Brook Park
Fitness trail, picnic area, handball, playground, baseball, basketball, cricket, fishing, spray pool, tennis courts, soccer, softball.
Green Brook Park
36 W. End Ave.
Playground, picnic area, fishing, baseball, basketball, soccer.
Madison Ave. Park
Playground, baseball, soccer.
Milton Lake Park
Fitness trail, bicycle path, fishing.
Rahway River Park
St. Georges Ave.
Pool, fitness trail, bicycle path, picnic area, fishing, running track, snack bar, swimming pool, tennis courts, baseball, basketball, soccer, softball.
Ponderosa Farm Park
1600 Cooper Rd.
Picnic areas, playground, soccer, water-spray playground.
Note: Many parks extend beyond the boundaries of the listed town into other nearby municipalities.
Your pooch needs to run wild for a while, and your living room isn’t the place for it. Fortunately, a number of area parks have established special canine zones.
155 Mettlers Rd.
398 Riverview Ave.
350 Dunhams Corner Rd.
Springfield Ave. and Mill Ln.
1638 Old Trenton Rd.