SCHICK RESERVE 
Alexandria Township, Hunterdon County, NJ
311 acres


Directions:

This park is close to both Milford Bluffs and Musconetcong River Gorge.  

From New York City, take US 78 west and get off at Exit 7 for Route 173 south. After a short drive, the road forks, take the left-most branch for Route 639 (Warren Glen-Bloomsbury Road). This will then take you south on Route 519 to Milford. Across from Spring Garden Road on the right as you approach Milford, while on the left is Route 641.  Take the left and travel 2.3 miles to make a right turn onto Rt. 631 south.  Drive 1.5 miles south and make a left turn onto Hickory Run Road.  Follow this road for 1.1 miles to a sign for Schick Reserve.  Make the left turn and immediately find all too little parking by chained off access points on either side of  the road.


History:

1855  --  Philip Apgar, a blacksmith, and his wife, Rebecca constructed a German "Bank Barn" in the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition: a complex interior of posts joined to one or more tie beams called a bent and with large hay wagon or “boxcar” doors. Two sets were constructed at opposite ends of the barn to provide light for the threshing and drafting as well as to establish a crude but effective breezeway. The lower level of the barn housed the stables for the livestock while the upper level was used for storage of hay. It was not uncommon for farmers to inscribe their names or drawings in the barn wood. Along the southern breastboard of an oak beam, Mr. Apgar's two eldest children, Sarah and Frederick "Wilson", simply wrote, "1855 S.A. W.A."

1917  -- the Schick family acquired the property.

1994  --  Hunterdon County acquired the property with a partial donation by Curtis Schick.

From Farmland to Parkland The Hunterdon County Park System, by Douglas Kiovsky, Hunterdon County Park Ranger; and http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/guides/SchickReserve.htm


Habitats:

a mixture of fallow fields, hedge-rows, and woodland spread of gently rolling terrain.


Trails:

This looks mostly like farm area with some border around it.  It looks to me like it is primarily for hunters.  Not much use to hikers or field botanists.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney


Trees:
Celtis occidentalis (American hackberry)
Crataegus sp. (hawthorn)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Prunus sp. (cherry) big leaves, doubly serrate
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Shrubs:
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose) 5/26/98 all over the borders of the corn fields
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)

Vines:
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) 5/26/98
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Herbs:
Achillea millefolium (yarrow)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress)
Erigeron philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane) 5/26/98
Galium aparine (cleavers)
Hieracium cespitosum (yellow king devil hawkweed) 5/26/98
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed)
Medicago lupulina (black medick) 5/26/98
Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover) 5/26/98
Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel) 5/26/98
Phytolacca americana (pokeberry)
Plantago major (common plantain)
Potentilla canadensis (dwarf cinquefoil) 5/26/98
Rumex crispus (curled dock) 5/26/98
Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) 5/26/98
Trifolium pratense (red clover) 5/26/98
Trifolium repens (white clover) 5/26/98

Grasses:
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)