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Wickecheoke Creek Preserve

 

Over 4,000 Acres
Hunterdon County

 

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The Wickecheoke Trail is a great place for a hike in a beautiful, rural New Jersey setting. The trail follows the Wickecheoke Creek through dense forest and along scenic meadows. Loop hikes of varying distances are possible by combining sections of the trail with the areas quiet rural roads. Walking is fairly easy as most sections of the trail are relatively flat, although some sections of the trail require walking over uneven ground. Creek crossings are indicated on the trail maps; they can be difficult even when the water is low, but can be dangerous when the water is high.

Draining the rolling hills of southwestern Hunterdon County, the Wickecheoke Creek winds its way through bucolic farm fields and spills over rocky ledges on its way to the Delaware River. Since the 1980s, New Jersey Conservation Foundation has been preserving lands along this pristine creek from the wet forests of the Croton Plataeu to Stockton Borough. To date New Jersey Conservation Foundation has helped to preserve more than 4,000 acres of open space and farmland in the Wickecheoke Creek Greenway.

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The Wickecheoke Trail traverses many of the preserved lands in the area and leads hikers along some of the most beautiful parts of the creek. The preserve is a work in progress, and hikers will sometimes have to walk along the quiet country roads in between trail sections. If you enjoy bicycling, consider combining a visit to the Wickecheoke Creek Preserve with a ride on the nearby Towpath Trail of the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park. The two trails meet in Stockton at the historic Prallsville Mills.

At the mouth of the Wickecheoke Creek, New Jersey Conservation Foundation owns an historic circa 1750 stone house formerly owned by John Prall, proprietor of the historic Prallsville Mills. New Jersey Conservation Foundation maintains a small office for its local land protection staff, but provides the remainder of the building for use by the Delaware River Mill Society for educational purposes. In the middle of the Wickecheoke Creek Preserve you can find New Jersey’s only covered bridge. Built circa 1860, the Green Sergeant’s Covered Bridge crosses the creek at County Road 604.

If you plan to visit the Wickecheoke Creek Preserve, be sure to bring sturdy walking shoes and your camera. You will not want to miss the opportunity to photograph the shale cliffs, cascading waterfalls and scattered hemlock stands that give the creek its unique beauty.


In 2011, biologist Dr. Mike Van Clef prepared a Management Plan for the Wickecheoke Creek. This plan provides the vision and goals for protecting biodiversity and recreational opportunities, provides mitigation recommendation and targets conservation measures and threats to the preserve.

Management Plan  Appendices  l  Maps

 

Maps

 


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Trail Maps

New Jersey Conservation Foundation 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 the links below.

  • Wickecheoke 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.
  • Wickecheoke 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.
  • Turnquist-Orbach property map. This map identifies hiking trails on two adjacent properties off Allen's Corner Road in Raritan Township.

 

Directions to the Wickecheoke Creek Preserve

 

Directions to the Prall House, Wickecheoke Creek Preserve
24 Risler St., Stockton, NJ, 08559: 609-773-0333

From North and East New Jersey

  • Take Route 78 West to Route 287 South.
  • Follow signs for Somerville.
  • Exit onto Route 202 South toward Flemington.
  • At the Flemington Circle, continue around the circle and follow signs for 202 South/Lambertville.
  • Watch for the Lambertville/Stockton Exit Route 29 (Do NOT take the exit that just says Lambertville).
  • Make a left at the stop sign.
  • Make a right onto Route 29 North.
  • Take 29 North approximately 2 ½ miles to the town of Stockton.
  • Pass the Stockton Inn on your right.
  • The Prall House is approximately a mile past the Stockton Inn on the right.

From the Princeton Area

  • Take Route 206 North to Rocky Hill (4 miles).
  • At the light, turn left onto Route 518 to Lambertville.
  • Make a right on Route 29 North.
  • As you come to the town of Lambertville, you will come to a traffic light/Nicolo’s Pizza Restaurant on right.
  • Make a left at this light.
  • Right turn at the first light (this is still Route 29).
  • Continue on Route 29 to the town of Stockton.
  • Pass the Stockton Inn on your right.
  • The Prall House is approximately a mile past the Stockton Inn on the right.
 

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