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Field Trip Locations:
McBurney Woods
Brigantine
Colliers Mills
Manasquan Reservoir
Somerset Sourlands
Trenton Marsh
Princeton Institute Woods
Whitesbog
Raccoon Ridge
Griggstown Grasslands
Hunterdon Sourlands
Baldpate Mountain
Merrill Creek Reservoir
Round Valley Reservoir
NorthernStonyBrookPreserve
Six Mile Run


McBurney Woods

From the Plainsboro Preserve:
Make a right out of driveway onto SCOTTS CORNER RD
At first light, make right onto DEY RD
At first light, make right onto SCUDDERS MILL RD
Drive straight until RT 1 interchange
Take exit for RT 1 south
At first light make a right onto HARRISON ST
Take straight until RT 206 intersection (HARRISON changes to EWING St towards end)
Make right onto 206 North
At Route 518 make a left onto 518 West (If you pass the Tiger’s Tale Restaurant on the left on 206 you’ve just past it)
Go straight through 3 lights….you will now be in Hopewell Boro
At 4th light (N. GREENWOOD AVE) make a right (Large DANA banner on building to the right)
N. GREENWOOD AVE turns into RILEYVILLE RD…remain straight
Pass the restaurant called Hillbilly Hall (Formerly Mignella’s)
Pass the entrance to the Hunterdon Sourland Preserve
At MOUNTAIN AVE make a LEFT (7th left turn since turning off 518) (make sure this is MOUNTAIN AVE…NOT Mountain Church Rd)
Follow MOUNTAIN AVE to the McBurney Woods parking area on the Left.
We will meet in front of the kiosk in the parking lot.

 


Brigantine


Directions to the refuge parking lot:
From the North: Garden State Parkway south to Exit 48(US 9 south). Follow south for 6 miles to Great Creek Road in Oceanville. There will be a small sign for the refuge pointing to the left. Make this left and follow road in over the bridge, past an exit on your left, to the left turn into the gate.
From the West: Take Atlantic City Expressway southeast to Exit 7 (Garden State Parkway North). Drive north on the parkway for 3 miles to the service area on your left at mile 41. Drive into the service area and proceed to the far (north) end, following the obscure signs for Jim Leeds Road. The exit for this road is a commuter access road between the service area exit for north bound traffic and the entrance for southbound traffic. From this short access road, turn right onto Jim Leeds Rd. Go .04 miles and bear left at the fork onto Great Creek Road. Continue on Great Creek Road for 3.1 miles to Rt. 9. Cross over Rt. 9 and proceed to the parking lot as mentioned above.

 


Colliers Mills

Follow Route 70 to County Route 539 North. Follow County route 537 North for about 8.5 miles to colliers Mills Road. Make a right onto Colliers Mills Road and go about 0.9 miles to the entrance of the WMA. Park in the spaces adjacent to the lake. There are no restrooms on site, so be prepared for that.

 


Manasquan Reservoir

From the north or the coast, take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 98 (I-195.) Go west on I-195 for about 7 miles to Exit 28B (Rt. 9 North). Turn immediately right at the traffic light onto Georgia Tavern Road, go 0.3 miles and turn right onto Windeler Rd.; drive about 1.6 miles to the recreation area entrance, on the left. This is the location of the main parking area and boat ramp.
From the west, take the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 7 (I-195), follow I-195 east for about 21 miles to Exit 28B and proceed as described in the preceding paragraph.

 


Somerset Sourlands

From the Plainsboro Preserve:
Make a right out of driveway onto SCOTTS CORNER RD
At first light, make right onto DEY RD
At first light, make right onto Scudder’s Mills Rd
Drive straight until RT 1 interchange
Take exit for RT 1 south
At first light make a right onto HARRISON ST
Take straight until RT 206 intersection (Harrison changes to Ewing St at end)
Make right onto 206 North
Make left onto 601 (this is at the base of the train bridge on very sharp curve.
Make right onto East Mountain Rd (next to Carrier Clinic)
Entrance to the Sourland Preserve is on the left.
From North:
Take Route 287 South to Route 206 (Exit 17)
Follow Route 206 south for about seven miles to Route 514
Make Right onto Route 514 west for about three miles
then turn Left on East Mountain Road. Be prepared for walking on rocky trails.

 


Trenton Marsh

Follow Interstate 195 west to Exit 2 (US 206, South Broad Street). Follow west (through the White Horse circle, where it becomes US 206) for 2.3 miles to Sewell Avenue on the left. (Sewell Avenue is in the 1800 block, one block before the conspicuous green steeple of Holy Angels Church.) Turn left onto Sewell and follow it through three stop signs to its end, where a dirt road bears off to the left and down the hill. Follow the road and park in the lot at the bottom of the hill. 
 

Princeton Institute Woods


From Route 1
Take the Alexander Road West Exit
Drive .7 miles and take a left on West Road.
West Road is on your left after crossing a bridge over the D&R Canal.
Drive in and park on the right about .2 miles along the drive.
We will meet there and begin our exploration of the woods.

 


Whitesbog Bogs, Bugs, and Botany:

Travel South on Route 206 until the intersection of Routes 206, 38 and 530. Turn East onto 530 and follow to Mile Marker 13. Please drive INTO the village and meet at the parking lot in front of the general store.

 


Raccoon Ridge Hawk Watch

We will be hiking up to the Raccoon Ridge Hawk Watch from Yards Creek Scout Reservation.  Yards Creek Scout Reservation is off Rte. 94, a few miles west of Blairstown. From southwest New Jersey, go north on Rte. 31 to Rte. 46 West to Rte. 94 North. Go north on Rte. 94 toward Blairstown for about 5 miles.  Turn left onto Walnut Valley Road. 

Go north on Walnut Valley Road for 3 or 4 miles, it's a pretty sharp rise, until you come to the Power Station. Drive onto the Power Station property and stop at the Guard Station.  We will meet at the Guard Station and proceed as a group from there.

 



Griggstown Grasslands

From 206 just south of Belle Mead take 630 East (Bellemead-Griggstown Road).  Turn left on 533 North and take first right across the Delaware & Raritan Canal (Griggstown Causeway).  Take 632 South (Canal Road). Entrance is roughly 811 feet down on the left-hand side -- address is 1091 Canal Road.



Hunterdon Sourlands
From Route 31, take route County Route 518 East into Hopewell. At the traffic light in the center of Hopewell, turn left onto North Greenwood Ave/Hopewell Wertsville Road.  Follow Hopewell Werstville Road for about 3 miles.  Turn left onto Mountain Road (the next left past Mountain Church Road).  After 0.6 miles, turn left into the parking lot for the Stony Brook Preserve.



Baldpate Mountain

From 95, take exit 1 and pick up Route 29 North  Take route 29 thru the village of Titusville to Fiddlers Creek Road on the Right. Head up Fiddlers Creek road approximately 1/3 of a mile and the parking lot is on the left.

From Lambertville, head South on route 29 past the Golden Nugget Flea Market. Look for Fiddlers Creek Road on the left. Head up Fiddlers Creek road approximately 1/3 of a mile and the parking lot is on the left.
Merrill Creek Reservoir

Trips will meet at the Hawk watching parking lot off of Fox Farm Road.

From Route 78, Traveling West: Take Exit 4--Warren Glen/Stewartsville, go right at bottom of exit ramp.  Go 1.8 miles to the blinker light and make a right onto Route 638 (Washington St).  Go 2.4 miles to Route 57, cross Rt. 57 diagonally and go up Montana Road. After 2 miles, bear left at Y intersection onto Richline Road. Go past the entrance for Merrill Creek Reservoir on your left.  Turn left onto Fox Farm Road at the T intersection.  Turn left into the parking lot just past the dam on your left.

From Route 78, Traveling East: Take Exit 3--Rt. 22/alternate Rt. 22/Route 173--Phillipsburg/Bloomsbury.  Go left at bottom of exit ramp.  Go 0.3 miles to traffic light (move into center lane).  Go 0.3 miles to right on Greenwich St.  After 2.1 miles, go straight at the blinker light.  Go 2.4 miles to Route 57, cross Rt. 57 diagonally, and go up Montana Road.  After 2 miles, bear left at Y intersection onto Richline Road. Go past the entrance for Merrill Creek Reservoir on your left.  Turn left onto Fox Farm Road at the T intersection.  Turn left into the parking lot just past the dam on your left.


Round Valley Reservoir

Trips will meet at the Park Office.

From Route 78 West, take exit 20A for Route 22 West towards Lebanon.  Merge onto Cokesbury Road.  Turn right at US 22 West.  After approximately one mile, turn left onto County Route 629/Lebanon Stanton Road.  Turn left into the Round Valley driveway and proceed to the park office.


Northern Stony Brook Preserve

From Pennington, follow 31 N about 1 mile before 202 and a mile after the second Quick Check....make a right on Rock town road and follow for  1/3 mile and make a right on Mountain Road follow over Linvale road. Go another 1.6 miles and the parkig lot is on your right. It is a small dirt parking lot with a kiosk.

From Princeton, follow Rt. 27 S/Nassau St. and continue on Stockton St.  Turn right onto Elm St. which will turn into Great Rd.  Keep following Great Rd. for 2 miles.  Make a left on Cherry Valley Rd. and follow for 2.3 miles.  Turn slight right onto Hopewell Princeton Road and follow for about 2 miles.  Turn left on co 518/E. Broad St. and follow for .5 miles.  Turn right on Co-518/Loullen St. follow for .5 miles.  Turn right on Hart St. and follow for .5 miles.  Turn left of N. Greenwood Ave. which will turn into Hopewell Wertsville Road/Co-607, continue to follow for 3 miles and then turn left Mountain Rd.


Six Mile Run

Address: 625 Canal Road, Somerset NJ

Directions from Route 1 traveling North:

Turn left onto Finnegan Lane/CR 682 via the jughandle on the right.   Turn left onto Route 27/Lincoln Highway.  Take the 2nd right onto Claremont Road.  Continue straight onto Suydam Road.  Suydam Road becomes Canal Road.