Helyar Woods [Rutgers Univ.]
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, to Log Cabin Road. Parking is limited.
- Parking at Holly House on Log Cabin Road (walk to trailheads) -- GPS Coordinates: 40.473765, -74.425012
- Log Cabin Parking Lot, Helyar Woods – GPS Coordinates: 40.474421, -74.420418
Old growth forest with trails on the campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick.
The 70-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].
Use the Web Map link on this site to view a trail map showing trailheads and parking locations. Click to view photos taken during a hike in the Woods [May 2017]
Rutgers University owns several natural areas near its New Brunswick campus that are open to the public and provide enjoyable opportunities for walking.
Click to read a history of Frank G. Helyar and Helyar Woods