Sourland Mountain Preserve, Hillsborough

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Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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The Sourland Mountain Preserve is located on Sourland Mountain, in the Sourlands region of New Jersey. It is within Hillsborough Township and Montgomery Township of Somerset County. The largest donation of land was made by Norma Gilbert Farr, trustee of the Linus R. Gilbert Foundation. The Farr family has donated over 3,000 acres to the Sourland Mountain Preserve and the Somerset County Parks Commission.

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  • Very nice trails that are well maintained. Can do a small trail or long one. Well marked but have to keep your eyes open for the trail markings or you can easily make a wrong turn and you're on... 
    Very nice trails that are well maintained. Can do a small trail or long one. Well marked but have to keep your eyes open for the trail markings or you can easily make a wrong turn and you're on...  more »
  • My girls and I have been hiking the Sourland Mtn trails for years. Always a treat! You can take a quick hike or make a longer day of it. My younger daughter especially loves climbing the boulders.....  more
    My girls and I have been hiking the Sourland Mtn trails for years. Always a treat! You can take a quick hike or make a longer day of it. My younger daughter especially loves climbing the boulders.....  more »
  • Whether you choose to hike to the top, short or long, SMP offers a diverse local outdoors experience. There is ample of parking and space to hike. Every season is different. The paths are moderate to....  more
    Whether you choose to hike to the top, short or long, SMP offers a diverse local outdoors experience. There is ample of parking and space to hike. Every season is different. The paths are moderate to....  more »
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  • Beautiful place to hike. I love coming here in the spring and also during fall. It’s also very easy to get around, not super crowded and you can make it a longer or short hike
  • Very rocky, but not too steep. Bring poles if you think you would need it, however. The main overlook is in the center of the park, so you might need to visit more than once to explore all the trails, or double back a bit on the same trail if you want to walk on as many trails as possible in one trip. There is a clearing that runs vertically through the middle of the park, kind of like a power line clearing, except this is for the Texas Eastern Pipeline. So you can go up and down this clearing path to access other trails as well. You might have to check the map to find some trails, because there was some obstacle and the white trail could only be found after going around the obstruction (old pipes). The main overlook is on this clearing path. To see NYC at the overlook, you have to go to where the memorial bench is and look slightly to the left. Also a tip, trail blazes with a black dot in the middle are shortcuts. Overall, a good place to hike. You might not see frequent "attractions" while on the paths, but it is a nice hike overall.
  • My home turf. Used to run here during high school XC practice. The trails are a bit rocky, but it does make it challenging and fun for a run. I’ve also hiked here on the trails many times during all seasons and weather. The view is nice at the top and makes for a great workout.
  • Fun hike through a rural section of New Jersey. The trail seems rocky in some spots. Take your time to avoid rolling an ankle. Grades are moderate to mild on most trails. Excellent parking; more than enough space. Overall, this is an easy hike showcasing some of the more beautiful surroundings in the state.
  • Nice park with small pond and hiking trails popular for hiking and trail running with rocky outcroppings popular for rock climbing / bouldering. Fun for people of all ages and pets allowed. Hiking trails are moderate difficulty with uneven rocky and root filled sections through the tranquil forest with some wood boardwalks and small wooden bridges.

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