South Harrison Township
Acquired by New Jersey Conservation Foundation in 2007, this preserve
along Harrisonville-Ferrel Road in South Harrison was known locally
for many years as Daniels’ Woods, after former owner and blacksmith
Bruce Daniels. It is one of the few large wooded tracts remaining
in South Harrison.
Most the Daniels Preserve is covered with native hardwood forest.
Among the interesting features of the property are vernal ponds
created decades ago when storms blew down large trees, roots and
all, leaving holes that filled with water. These pools are now home
to numerous amphibians.
Daniels’ Woods is verdant all year round, with a lush growth of
laurel, holly and pine, as well as delicate four-inch-high tree
ferns known as ground pines.
The preserve is a natural area that currently has no designated
parking areas or blazed hiking trails.
Preserve in a larger map