SOUTH BRANCH RESERVATION -- PINE HILL SECTION
Pine Hill Road, Franklin Township, Hunterdon County
41 acres


Directions:

from the Clinton Area:
Take Route 31 south for approximately 2.3 miles to Allerton Road; turn right; follow the signs for the YMCA's Camp Carr, turning left onto Lilac Drive; turn right onto River Road; turn left onto Hamden Road.  A short distance after crossing the railroad tracks, turn right on to Camp Buck Road that leads to Camp Carr along the river; pass through Camp Carr. The parking area for Pine Hill is on the left on the far side of the bridge. Parking is along the side of the road near the sign.


History:

1914 -- Samuel Buck, Superintendent of Taylor-Wharton Iron & Steel Company, acquired seven acres of land on this site to be used as a district campsite for Boy Scout Troop 149 of High Bridge. He was the first Scoutmaster of Troop V49.

1932 -- Mr. Buck is promoted to Vice President of Taylor Wharton Iron & Steel Co.

1937  -- Mr. Buck dies at age 63; he was by this time Vice President of Taylor-Wharton. The camp was named "Camp Buck" in his honor.

1975  --  Hunterdon County acquired 41 acres of the site as part of the South Branch Reservation.  The property is called the Pine Hill Section because Pine Hill Road is the frontage.

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

"Camp Buck History"; http://www.cnjc-bsa.org/council/history/gwc/campbuck/history.html


Facilities:

Biking and Bridle trails, canoeing, hiking, and fishing.


Trails:

Pine Hill offers a moderate hiking trail through its southern area

7/24/04.  Sarah-David Rosenbaum, my wife Rosemary, dog Sonar and I passed by the preserve sign; we later found out that the orange-red trail would take us on a loop trail; we crossed over a small stream, went uphill and then over to the cliff edge overlooking the river; noticed that we were in a hemlock grove; followed the trail and then somehow got off trail following a bridal trail marked with a black horseshoe on a yellow background;  the first bridal trail petered out at a horse corral area; we turned around and took the horse trail the other way; that took us over to the cliffs again, but the trail soon petered out again at the house of the people who own the stalls.  We turned back and caught the orange-red trail again and got back onto the loop trail.  We went up hill again, across and then down and back to the starting point.  It was a short walk.  The hemlock area was very pretty and park-like. 


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
* = plant found in bloom on date of field trip, 7/24/04


Trees:
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Amelanchier arborea (shadbush)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Gleditsia triacanthos (honey locust)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tilia americana (American basswood)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)

Shrubs:
Alnus serrulata (smooth alder)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Chimaphila maculata (striped wintergreen)
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose) 
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Rubus sp. (dewberry)
Staphylea trifolia (bladdernut)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)
Vaccinium pallidum (hillside blueberry)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum)

Vines:
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) *
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaf greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis spp. (fox grape)

Herbs:
Acalypha sp. (three-seeded mercury)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) *
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common  ragweed)
Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Arisaema triphyllum (jack in the pulpit)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade) *
Commelina communis (Asiatic dayflower)
Cryptotaenia canadensis (honewort)
Epigaea repens (trailing arbutus)
Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot) *
Galinsoga sp. (quickweed) *
Geum canadense (white avens) *
Hieracium paniculatum (panicled hawkweed) *
Hieracium sp. (hawkweed)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed) *
Polypodium sp. (rockcap fern)
Iris sp. (yellow or blue flag)
Lobelia inflata (Indian tobacco) *
Melilotus alba (white sweet clover) *
Monarda uniflora (Indian pipe)
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel) *
Pilea pumila (clearweed)
Plantago major (common plantain)
Podophyllum peltatum (may apple)
Polygonatum sp. (true Solomon's seal)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose knotweed) *
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed knotweed) *
Potentilla canadensis (dwarf cinquefoil)
Prenanthes sp. (lettuce)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal) *
Rumex obtusifolius (broad leaved dock)
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion)
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue)
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)
Viola sp. (violet)

Rushes:
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Grasses:
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Dryopteris marginalis (marginal woodfern)
Elymus canadensis (Canada wild rye grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)  -- lots

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Asplenium platyneuron (ebony spleenwort)
Cystopteris sp. (fragile fern)
Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Polypodium sp. (rockcap fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)