Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain


Red NW Loop Trail goes downhill and back up again (photo: Daniela Wagstaff)


View Ted Stiles Preserve in a larger map

Park Overview:

Home of the "most aerobic hike" in Mercer County.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:12 miles
Park Acreage:1132 acres
Titusville, Hopewell
Web Map:Official park map
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Park Description:

Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain is named to honor the Rutgers University professor of biological sciences who campaigned for nearly a decade to make the park a reality.  (Baldpate Mountain was previously known as Kuser Mountain.)

At 470 feet, the peak of Baldpate Mountain is Mercer County’s highest elevation. The Preserve is home to an array of native plant communities and wildlife. Hikers will find a diverse, and in places a rugged, topography of mature forest and open meadows.

Hours of Operation: Daily, Dawn to Dusk, mid-February to mid-November; Sundays year round (calendar roughly correlates with the NJ hunting season).

Trails Overview:

The web map (link above) shows a cluster of trails in the eastern and western ends, connected by the Ridge Trail (white).  Most of the dozen or so trails aare converted woods roads with blazes. The yellow-blazed switchback trail (from Route 29 to the Red Loop) shows up as an unmarked trail on the map. 

For a detailed description of a hike click on Find a Hike, scroll down the Park column to the name of this park.

Click for an enthusiastic description of the “most aerobic hike” in Mercer County


From I-95 take exit 1 for NJ-29 North/River Road.  Travel on NJ-29 for approximately 4.6 miles to Fiddlers Creek Road.  Turn right, entrance 0.2 mile on left. (Physical address:  327 Fiddlers Creek Road, Titusville, NJ)

Contact Information:Mercer County Park Commission
Region:Central Jersey