Rutgers Ecological Preserve [Kilmer Woods]

Park Overview:

Rutgers Ecological Preserve is a 370-acre tract of woods and fields located on the Piscataway Campus of Rutgers University

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking
Dogs:Contact park
Trail Miles:
Park Acreage:370 acres
City/County/
State:
New Brunswick/Middlesex/NJ
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Park Description:

Rutgers Ecological Preserve (Kilmer Woods) is a 370-acre tract of woods and fields located on the Piscataway Campus of Rutgers University. The area was once part of the U.S. Army's Camp Kilmer, which included barracks, a mess hall, a prisoner-of-war camp, and bunkers for ammunition.  Today, all that remains of the camp are some paved areas in the middle of the tract and mounds of soil built to shield troops from the ammunition stores.  See also Helyar Park

Trails Overview:

Several miles of trails wend through mature beech, maple, and oak forests and traverse fields in various stages of succession back to forest. For information and trail map click on web site below in Contact Information and follow the links.

Directions:

To reach Rutgers Ecological Preserve from NJ 27  in Highland Park, proceed northwest on River Road (County 514) to where it intersects with NJ 27 just north of the bridge over the Raritan River.  Drive 0.7 of  a mile and turn right on Cedar Lane; drive 0.5 of a mile and turn left onto Road 1; drive 0.4 of a mile and turn left onto Road 3; drive 0.1 mile and turn left just before the road bends to the right.  For a directions map click on the preserve's web site below in Contact Information and follow the "road map" link,

Contact Information:Rutgers University, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
732-932-9631
Region:Central Jersey
Fees:None