Helyar Woods (officially the Frank G. Helyar Forest)
part of Cook campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, Middlesex County, NJ
45 acres


Take Route 1 to Ryders Lane south. Turn left onto Log Cabin Road. The Rutgers Gardens is adjacent to the Helyar Woods. One can either park at the Gardens and walk to the Woods or park at the Woods itself by the Log Cabin that is popular for official Cook College functions.


1936 --  the W.P.A. constructed the Log Cabin.


virgin woods, stand of white pine, stream runs through the woods to the reservoir, a field in the process of succession (the former Christmas Tree farm)


Self-guided nature trail. The main path runs in a circle through the stream and along the Farrington Lake Reservoir that supplies drinking water to parts of East Brunswick and North Brunswick.

Helyar Woods, Rutgers
New Brunswick

The foray began at the Rutgers Display Gardens in New Brunswick. Frost had not overtake the vegetation. The foliage of nearly all plantings was in late summer aspect. In the Phelps woods adjoining the ornamental farm, the sour gums were brilliant in leaf. The forest consisted of

Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carya spp. (hickories)
Cornus sp. (dogwood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Liquidambar styraciflua (sweet gum)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Magnolia tripetala (umbrella magnolia)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Paulownia tomentosa (empress tree)
Prunus padus (European bird cherry)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)