Helyar Woods [Rutgers Univ.]

Park Overview:

Old growth forest with trails on the campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Trail Uses:Hiking
Trail Miles:
Park Acreage:43 acres
New Brunswick/Middlesex/NJ
Park Description:

Rutgers University owns several natural areas near its New Brunswick campus that are open to the public and provide enjoyable opportunities for walking.

Trails Overview:

The 43-acre Helyar Woods, located adjacent to Weston's Mill Pond, offers several miles of trails that traverse an old-growth oak-hickory forest which has never been logged, a wetter sweetgum and maple forest, young forests recovering from prior clearing, and open fields.  Rutgers Display Gardens, adjacent to the preserve, offer walks through plantings of ornamental trees, shrubs, and flowers. Also see Rutgers Ecological Preserve [Kilmer Woods].


From US 1 take Ryder's Lane exit towards Milltown and proceed south for 0.2 mile to the first left turn.  Follow the entrance road to Rutgers University to the left, past the display gardens, towards the Log Cabin.  Parking is limited.  For directions and map to the adjacent Rutgers Display Gardens use the link above in "Trails Overview," and follow the link "Directions to the Gardens."   Also, click on Location Tab.  [Google Maps: "112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901"]

Contact Information:Rutgers University, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Region:Central Jersey