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Rutgers Ecological Preserve [Kilmer Woods]

Historic: 
Complete: 
Yes
NYNJTC maintained: 
0

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

Hiking
Mountain biking
Contact park
8 miles
425 acres
Lat/Lon: 
40.516138, -74.436490
New Brunswick
Middlesex
NJ
Cluster/Park: 
Park

Rutgers Ecological Preserve (Kilmer Woods) is part of a 425-acre tract of undeveloped forest land 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. 

A compact 7.5-mile network of six blazed trails (ranging from 0.3 mile to 2.8 miles) spreads through mature beech, maple, oak forests and fields in various stages of succession back to forest. Use the Web Map link on this site to view a trail map that shows multiple opportunities for loop hikes.

 

For the public this is parkland primarily for weekend hiking.

During normal university business hours (M-F 8am-5pm) parking is restricted to those with a valid RU parking pass. Public parking is available on weekends on Rutgers New Brunswick’s Livingston Campus in Lot 101 (GPS coordinates: 40.521375, -74.437568), the Scarlet Lot (GPS coordinates: 40.524270, -74.442356), as well as along Avenue E and Road 1. (See Web Map link on this site) 

The EcoPreserve is a short walk from the Rutgers University bus stop at the Livingston Quads on Road 3.

Unrestricted public parking is also available at adjacent Johnson Park. A trailhead from Johnson Park is at corner of River Road and Cedar Lane.  

 

 

 

Central Jersey
Fees: 
None
Modified By: 
Phil McLewin
Last Update: 
02/22/2017
Park ID: 
395

Sandy Hook [Gateway National Recreation Area]

Historic: 
Complete: 
Yes


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NYNJTC maintained: 
0

With all the beach-goers summer weekends can be busy.   Hikers will find trails, a multi-use pathway, and ocean beaches open for walking.

Hiking
Mountain biking
See park description
8 miles
2044 acres
Lat/Lon: 
40.460686, -74.002011
Fort Hancock
Monmouth
NJ
Cluster/Park: 
Park

Sandy Hook is a unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, created by Congress in 1972 to provide parkland around New York Harbor - the gateway through which millions of immigrants entered the New World.  The park includes six miles of ocean beaches, the waters of Sandy Hook Bay, salt marshes, hiking trails, shorebird habitat, historic Fort Hancock, and the Sandy Hook Lighthouse [the oldest in the United States].

The beaches attract hordes of sunbathers during the summer.  However, the off-season visitor can use those same beaches for flying kites, walking, and fishing.  During the spring and summer shorebird nesting season some areas are closed.

A 5.5-mile-long paved multi-use trail, open to hikers, joggers, and bicyclists, extends from the tolls booths at the southern end of the park to Fort Hancock on the northern end, running between the main park road and the ocean for most of the way.

The Spermaceti Cove Visitor Center offers ranger-led historical and natural interpretive programs.  From this site the one-mile Old Dune Trail meanders north through heather and bayberry to a portion of the Holly Forest.

The Fisherman's Trail starts at the Area K lot, at the northern end of the park, and leads 1.5 miles to the tip of Sandy Hook at the ocean shore.  An observation deck, one of four in the park, reached at 0.5 mile, offers a view of the Manhattan skyline.

Use the Web Map link on this site to view a brochure and trail map.

 

Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 117, and continue on NJ 36 East for 13.5 miles, following signs to the Gateway National Recreation Area.  GPS coordinates for Visitor Center parking:  40.426705, -73.985282

Public transportation is possible by bus, train, or ferry.

Jersey Shore
Fees: 
Some times and places; check with park
Modified By: 
Phil McLewin
Last Update: 
03/01/2017
Landowner: 
NPS
Manager: 
NPS
Park ID: 
378