Cold Brook Reserve
Old Turnpike Road, Oldwick, Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon County, NJ
308 acres


Directions:

From the Clinton area, take Interstate 78 east to exit 24, Oldwick/Whitehouse; take Route 532 north towards Oldwick; continue straight on Route 517 when Route 523 turns to the right. After almost passing all the way through Oldwick, the park entrance is on the left.  (It is 1.6 miles from the exit off US 78.)


History:

 Unfortunately, the ravages of time, vandalism and insect infestation contributed to their demise; they were ordered demolished. Although the structures are gone, it is proposed that demonstration farming still continue. (Info from "From Farmland to Parkland The Hunterdon County Park System" by Douglas Kiovsky, Hunterdon County Park Ranger)

1750  --  the Kline family built the adjacent Cold Brook Cottage (from which the reserve gets its name).  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The property once belonged to the Van Doren and Kline families who constructed a massive complex of Pennsylvania German-style barns (no longer standing).

Cold Brook Reserve
Old Turnpike Road, Oldwick, Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon County, NJ
308 acres


Directions:

From the Clinton area, take Interstate 78 east to exit 24, Oldwick/Whitehouse; take Route 532 north towards Oldwick; continue straight on Route 517 when Route 523 turns to the right. After almost passing all the way through Oldwick, the park entrance is on the left.  (It is 1.6 miles from the exit off US 78.)


History:

 Unfortunately, the ravages of time, vandalism and insect infestation contributed to their demise; they were ordered demolished. Although the structures are gone, it is proposed that demonstration farming still continue. (Info from "From Farmland to Parkland The Hunterdon County Park System" by Douglas Kiovsky, Hunterdon County Park Ranger)

1750  --  the Kline family built the adjacent Cold Brook Cottage (from which the reserve gets its name).  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The property once belonged to the Van Doren and Kline families who constructed a massive complex of Pennsylvania German-style barns (no longer standing).

1982  -- the county acquires the reserve. The area is still actively farmed.

(Source: http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/guides/ColdBrook.htm)


Habitats:

The park is undeveloped.  There is a farm area (with lots of corn planted) and adjoining conservation easements.  


Facilities:

Horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking, trail hiking. Hunting permitted.


Trails:

Two miles of easy trails.

The trails are closed due to a contractual dispute.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
* = blooming on 10/18/03
plants only from around the parking area because the trails were closed


Trees:
Acer saccharinum (silver maple)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Juglans nigra (black walnut)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Morus alba (white mulberry)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Pyrus sp. (crab apple)
Salix sp. (willow)

Shrubs:
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)

Vines:
Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)
Humulus lupulus (common hops)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Polygonum scandens (climbing false buckwheat)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Herbs:
Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)
Anagallis arvensis (scarlet pimpernel) found by Sarah-David Rosenbaum
Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Aster novae-angliae (New England aster) *
Aster spp. (heath aster type) *
Centaurea jacea (brown knapweed) *
Chenopodium sp. (pigweed)
Cichorium intybus (chicory) *
Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)
Conyza canadensis (horseweed)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) *
Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry)
Glechoma hederacea (gill-over-the-ground)
Hibiscus trionum (flower of an hour) found by Sarah-David Rosenbaum
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs) *
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Solanum carolinense (horse nettle)
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)
Solidago rugosa (rough-leaved goldenrod) *
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) *
Trifolium pratense (red clover) *
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)
Verbena urticifolia (white vervain)

Rushes:
Cyperus sp. (nut or umbrella sedge)
Juncus effusus (soft rush)

Grasses:
Setaria faberi (nodding foxtail grass)
Setaria glauca (yellow foxtail grass)
Tridens flavus (purple top grass)



1982  -- the county acquires the reserve. The area is still actively farmed.

(Source: http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/guides/ColdBrook.htm)


Habitats:

The park is undeveloped.  There is a farm area (with lots of corn planted) and adjoining conservation easements.  


Facilities:

Horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking, trail hiking. Hunting permitted.


Trails:

Two miles of easy trails.

The trails are closed due to a contractual dispute.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
* = blooming on 10/18/03
plants only from around the parking area because the trails were closed


Trees:
Acer saccharinum (silver maple)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Juglans nigra (black walnut)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Morus alba (white mulberry)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Pyrus sp. (crab apple)
Salix sp. (willow)

Shrubs:
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)

Vines:
Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)
Humulus lupulus (common hops)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Polygonum scandens (climbing false buckwheat)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Herbs:
Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)
Anagallis arvensis (scarlet pimpernel) found by Sarah-David Rosenbaum
Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Aster novae-angliae (New England aster) *
Aster spp. (heath aster type) *
Centaurea jacea (brown knapweed) *
Chenopodium sp. (pigweed)
Cichorium intybus (chicory) *
Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)
Conyza canadensis (horseweed)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) *
Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry)
Glechoma hederacea (gill-over-the-ground)
Hibiscus trionum (flower of an hour) found by Sarah-David Rosenbaum
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs) *
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Solanum carolinense (horse nettle)
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)
Solidago rugosa (rough-leaved goldenrod) *
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) *
Trifolium pratense (red clover) *
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)
Verbena urticifolia (white vervain)

Rushes:
Cyperus sp. (nut or umbrella sedge)
Juncus effusus (soft rush)

Grasses:
Setaria faberi (nodding foxtail grass)
Setaria glauca (yellow foxtail grass)
Tridens flavus (purple top grass)