Six Mile Run Reservoir Site
Franklin Township, Somerset County, NJ
associated with Delaware & Raritan Canal
3,037 acres


Directions:

The site is bordered by Canal Road on the west, Blackwell Mills Causeway/Blackwell Mills Road to the north, Route 27 on the east, and Jacques Lane to the south.  Park entrance on Canal Road about 0.2 of a mile south of Blackwell Mills Road on the left when heading south on Canal Road.


History:

1700s  --   Dutch settlers inhabited the area.  You can still see Dutch granaries and barns.

1970  -- the land acquired by the State of New Jersey via the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water Resources as a future reservoir and recreation area.

1993 --  the area was transferred to the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry when alternative water supply sources were found.


Facilities:

There is a park office by the parking lot.

The Six Mile Run Reservoir Site, is one of Central New Jersey's most hidden recreational resources for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.


Habitats:

wetlands, forests, farmlands and old fields.


Trails:

Red Trail - Hiking Only (starts 0.1 of a mile south of the parking area on Canal Road)
The 1.5 mile trail traverses through a variety of habitats including open fields, young cedar groves and upland forests. It is the most rugged of the three trails, containing some steep slopes and intermittent stream crossings. It connects with the Blue Trail forming a 5.3 mile loop.

Blue Trail - Hiking, Biking and Horse (starts across from the red farm-like buildings)
The 3.8 mile trail follows along the forest edge and occasionally travels into the woods. Horseback riding is permitted on the majority of the trail. Please pay attention to the trail use signs posted along the path. There are two stream crossings on this trail, one includes the Six Mile Run. The Blue trail connects with the Yellow trail in two locations and also connects with the Red trail.

Yellow Trail - Hiking, Biking and Horse
The .9 mile long trail passes through the lowland flood plain associated with the Six Mile Run. After walking through a small field area, you will enter a heavily wooded area dominated by Pin Oaks, Box Elders and Ash trees. This trail connects with the Blue Trail in two places to form a 1 mile loop and a 2.5 mile loop. During wet season the trail will be muddy.

WHITE TRAILS - Connects Trail Systems.

Source: Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park http://www.dandrcanal.com/sixmilerun_red-trail.html


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney, November 28, 2003


Trees:
Acer negundo (ash-leaf maple)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Fraxinus sp. (ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)

Shrubs:
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)

Vines:
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysucikle)

Herbs:
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Trifolium pratense (red clover)