Hunterdon County Arboretum
Route 31, Clinton Township, Hunterdon County, NJ
73 acres


Directions:

It is located on Route 31 northbound, 6 miles north of Flemington in the township of Clinton. Hours of operation are 8 am until dusk.


History:

the park bulletin says:

Once a commercial nursery, this 73 acre site of distinctive trees, shrubs, and native and exotic plants, has been set aside as a fascinating place to observe and study about natural science.

An additional 32 acres, named after its former property owner, J. C. Furnas, the Furnas Section features a mixed hardwood community that serves as a haven for many species of birds and animal life.

Facilities:

As administrative headquarters of the Hunterdon County Park System, information regarding park activities and programs is available to the public during business hours.  

Sites

The Edmund Laport Greenhouse, located along the building's southern wing, has a colorful assortment of  house and garden plants that are grown on site and used for demonstration purposes.

In conjunction with the gardens, the centerpiece is an 1893 two level rustic red cedar gazebo. Within view is a flourishing red oak and pin oak grove, where walk-in picnic sites are located.  

To the rear of the gardens, a smaller gazebo is accented by bright berried hollies, blooming rhododendrons, and a frog-laden pond.  

Trails and the Vincent Abraitys Wetlands Study Area

Covering over two miles of flat terrain through a network of forest plantations, the well-marked hiking and nature trails are especially inviting for cross-country skiers during the winter months.

Native plantings of trees and shrubs along the memorial trail are beneficial as living symbols to departed loved ones as well as growing park nursery stock.  Other trail names are associated with dogwood trees and a small woodland amphibian known as the two-lined salamander.  From the boardwalk of the Vincent Abraitys Wetlands Study area, a wetland ecosystem can be observed with life forms ranging from insects and aquatic plants to amphibians and reptiles.