Cave Cabin Preserve
Lacey Township, Monmouth County, NJ
25 acres

The tract, which is completely forested, is in the upper reaches of the Forked River watershed.


fall of 1998  --  the Forked River Mountain Coalition received its first donation of land. The preserve is named for and is located on the Cave Cabin Branch, a tributary to the North Branch of the Forked River.

The parcel was a gift from Mr. Joseph A. DeStephan of Miami Shores, Florida. After learning about the grass-roots initiative to preserve the Forked River Mountain area, Mr. DeStephan offered to donate the land to the Coalition for conservation and open space purposes.


The property is mostly wetlands and is accessible only by foot. An Atlantic White Cedar swamp is present along the stream corridor.