Poricy Park

Location


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Park Overview:

Known for the Poricy Pond Fossil Beds, the park also has a small network of hiking trails and two marsh platforms.

Trail Uses:Hiking
Dogs:
Trail Miles:4 miles
Park Acreage:250 acres
City/County/
State:
Middletown/Monmouth/NJ
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Park Description:

The fossil bed at Poricy Brook is what makes Poricy Park different from other nature preserves and historic sites. Not only can visitors dig for fossils, but they may also take them home. The fossils, mostly of shellfish, are approximately 72 million years old. The park asks that visitors sift the sand and gravel in the stream bed and refrain from digging directly into the banks, which causes erosion. As the park frequently schedules programs at the fossil beds, it is advisable to call ahead.

The site includes a restored Colonial house and barn dating to 1767. Although the Township of Middletown owns the land and buildings, the Poricy Park Conservancy [a non-profit organization] provides funding for the programs, professional staff, furnishings, and equipment.

 

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Trails Overview:

The park has a four-mile trail system that leads past a freshwater marsh [with two viewing platforms], a hardwood forest, a pond, wet meadows, fields, and the restored Murray Farmhouse, dating from the 1770s.

A trail map is available at this link.

Directions:

To reach the park, take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 114 and follow Red Hill Road towards Middletown. In 0.8 mile, turn right on Balm Hollow/Oak Hill Road and continue for two miles to the park entrance on the right, immediately before the second set of railroad tracks. See also map at top of this page.

Contact Information:Poricy Park Conservancy
7328425966
Region:Jersey Shore
Fees:None