Clinton Wildlife Management Area


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Park Overview:

Adjacent to the Spruce Run Recreation Area with woods roads. A segment of the Highlands Trail passes through the area.

Trail Uses:Hiking
Dogs:Dogs off leash
Trail Miles:
Park Acreage:1953 acres
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Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

This 1,953-acre WMA surrounds most of the Spruce Run Reservoir, with the exception of the day-use area of Spruce Run Recreation Area, which occupies two peninsulas jutting into the lake.

Trails Overview:

Like most wildlife management areas there are no marked trails, except for a segment of the Highlands Trail [teal diamond]. Click here to go directly to information about the Highlands Trail in the Clinton Wildlife Management Area.

Numerous woods roads and unmarked trails crisscross the region, with some actively farmed areas.  The section of the management area on the north side of Van Syckels road offers about two miles of woods roads that are mowed to allow access to the area, which makes for very easy hiking.  It is possible to walk some sections of the shoreline of the reservoir, especially when the water level is low; however, other sections are impassable.


Take Exit 17 [Clinton] from I-78, and proceed north on NJ 31 for 3.0 miles to the traffic light at Van Syckels Road.  Make a left at the light and continue for 1.4 miles, passing the entrance to the Spruce Run Recreation Area, on the left.  Gravel parking areas are on either side of the road, about 0.5 mile beyond the entrance to Spruce Run.  The park office for the management area is 1.4 miles beyond the Spruce Run entrance.

  • Topographical maps of the east [which shows a parking area] and west sections can be downloaded from:  Table of Wildlife Management Areas.  Hikers can purchase the High Bridge USGS topographical quadrangle maps ; or free scanned copies are available for download at the USGS's web site: 
Contact Information:NJDEP, Division of Fish and Wildlife, Northern Region Office
Region:Central Jersey