Western Piedmont Region in
New Jersey Conservation Foundation's Wickecheoke Creek Preserve,
located in the Western Piedmont region in Hunterdon County, follows
the course of the beautiful Delaware River tributary, from its headwaters
on the Croton Plateau, through its dramatic descent to the Delaware
River at Stockton.
The Wickecheoke is home to beaver, mink, herons, hawks, turtles,
long-tailed salamander and nearly 400 species of native plants.
In addition, the Wickecheoke Creek’s waters flow directly into the
D&R Canal, which serves as a source of clean drinking water
for 1 million people in central New Jersey.
Each November, New Jersey Conservation Foundation and the Delaware
River Mill Society honor the memory of the late Donald B. Jones,
a former New Jersey Conservation Foundation President and state
conservation legend, with the Donald Jones Hike
that annually provides some 300 attendees with guided tours of our
Wickecheoke Creek Preserve. Donald Jones was the driving force behind
preserving three historic Hunterdon County properties – New Jersey’s
last covered bridge (Green Sergeant’s Covered Bridge in Delaware
Township), Prallsville Mills in Stockton and the Locktown Stone
Church in Delaware Township – which are located along the preserve.
NJCF has blazed hiking trails on several of its properties in the
Wickecheoke Creek Preserve. The trails are open to the public, and
leashed dogs are permitted. Parking areas and bicycle racks are
provided in several locations. To download a trail map, click onto
the links below.
Creek Preserve - North. This map identifies hiking trails
in Delaware Township, Hunterdon County, in the vicinity of the
Locktown Stone Church and Green Sergeant's Covered Bridge.
Creek Preserve - South. This map primarily identifies trails
from the Green Sergeant's Covered Bridge in Delaware Township
southward to the preserved Prallsville Mills along the banks of
the Delaware River in Stockton.
- Huey property. This map identifies
four hiking trails on the former Huey family fish farm in Franklin
Township, Hunterdon County. The property is located at 71 Joe
Ent Road, near the intersection of Allen's Corner Road, and features
woods, fields and nine spring-fed ponds.
property map. This map identifies hiking trails on two adjacent
properties off Allen's Corner Road in Raritan Township.
|Saving the Wickecheoke Creek Preserve
Our preservation efforts in the region started over 20 years ago
and protect the Wickecheoke Creek’s natural features, help maintain
water quality, control soil and sediment erosion, preserve significant
natural and historic areas and protect wildlife habitat and farmland.
The Wickecheoke Creek Preserve is open to the public for hiking,
fishing and nature observation at various points throughout the
region including the Bruce,
properties which have been preserved in recent years. The historic,
18th century John
Prall House, preserved by New Jersey Conservation Foundation
in collaboration with the Delaware River Mill Society, is located
along New Jersey’s first scenic byway on Route 29 in Stockton
and serves as the trail head for the Wickecheoke Creek Preserve.
To learn more about New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s preservation
work in the Wickecheoke Creek Preserve, please contact Alix Bacon,
NJCF Western Piedmont Regional Manager, at 1-888-LANDSAVE (1-888-526-3728)