MIDDLESEX COUNTY—Summer is in full swing, and there is no better time to get out for a hike at the great parks and preserves in Middlesex County. The Parks and Recreation Department has recently completed an update of its park maps, including the addition of several new trail maps.
“Residents don’t need to travel far to find a great outdoor experience,” said Freeholder Stephen J. “Pete” Dalina, chair of the county’s Parks and Recreation Committee. “There are a wide variety of trails available for everyone from seasoned hikers to families looking for a fun place to explore.”
“We are so proud to be able to provide our residents beautiful places to spend quality time together,” said Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “Our park system and our open spaces provide plenty of opportunities for active recreation and more passive pursuits, such as bird watching and hiking,”
Currently, there are over 15 miles of marked and maintained trails at County parks and preserves in Old Bridge, Monroe, East Brunswick and South Brunswick. Residents can learn about local Pine Barrens ecology along the half-mile, self-guided, interpretive trail at John A. Phillips Preserve in Old Bridge, or string together a longer hike along Gravel Hill at the Thompson Park Conservation Area in Monroe.
Families will enjoy the rolling terrain of the Tamarack Hollow Preserve in East Brunswick, while the Mill Pond Trail in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park in South Brunswick offers scenic views along the edge of the pond.
Trail maps were made possible in part by a grant from the Recreation Trails Program administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Color trail maps and directions are located at the Parks Department Web site at www.co.middlesex.nj.us/parksrecreation/parks.asp
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