Kingwood Township Park
Frenchtown, NJ 08825
The township's 47 acre park is located at 200 Union Road. There are 9 ball fields, a playground, picnic area, pavilian, bocce court and concession stand. A one-mile loop trail encircles the park, with part of the trail travelling through a wooded natural area adjoining the Lockatong Creek. The park director lives on the premises. The pavilian can be reserved by contacting the park director. In 2006, a sand volleyball court, two horseshoe and shuffleboard areas were added. Link to Park Use Forms. Link to Native Plant Garden.
Horseshoe Bend Park
178 Horseshoe Bend Road
Frenchtown, NJ 08825
This new park in Kingwood Township offers sweeping vistas of the Delaware River Valley, rolling hills, forested ravines and pristine streams, and which offers habitat to many wildlife species. The 452-acre park, to be jointly owned, managed and maintained by Kingwood Township and the NJ DEP Division ofParks and Forestry, will offer a venue for horseback riders, hikers, mountain bikers, bird watchers, and others who favor the peace and tranquility of nature. It includes a permanently preserved farm, with an 10,000-square-foot event center, barns and other farm structures, plus seven miles of existing trails. Download an Overview Map of the Park and Surrounding Area
This preserved tract, located off Horseshoe Bend Road, is adjacent to some 500 hundreds of acres of adjacent open space and preserved farmland, resulting in creation of a more than 800-acre green space and farm corridor in western Kingwood Township. ¬†
A Natural Resource Inventory was completed for Horseshoe Bend Park in November 2013: Download Natural Resource Inventory
NJDEP press release July 6, 2011: New 313-acre Park in Hunterdon County Unveiled; $7.5 Million Project is Joint Effort by Green Acres Program, and Federal, County, Local, and Non-profit Partners
The link below is for a "portable" 8.5 x 11 inch trail map. ¬†There may be one or two trails with trees down across them and climbing over the trees is necessary. This is just a preliminary map - the plan is to develop a comprehensive management plan in collaboration with the township and state so that more trails are available and use of the property can be better defined.
Revised Trail map for Horseshoe Bend Park: Download Trail Map (revised 3/05/2014) (pdf)
July 6, 2011
Horseshoe Bend Park - Hunting - From September 14, 2013 to February 15, 2014 Permit hunting is allowed at the park for the purposes of deer control. For more information about the limited hunt - click here. There is NO SUNDAY HUNTING and only a limited number of permitted hunters will be in the park at any one time - less than 1 per 20 acres. It is reccomended that during that time, non-hunters should wear blaze orange or confine visits to Sundays.
From December 9 to December 14, 2013 - Three deer hunting seasons overlap (Muzzleloader, Six Day Firearm, and Permit Shotgun). During that time wearing blaze orange, while walking in the woods, is strongly advised.
Melnyk Farm Property
Another property owned by Kingwood Township is the Melnyk Farm, also located on Union Road. The property features a walking trail along Lockatong Creek, joining the Kingwood Township Park and the school; a pond; farm fields; and the Kingwood Township Municipal Garage and Recycling Center.
Lockatong Wildlife Management Area
Aerial photo of Lockatong Wildlife Management Area with trail:
Bulls Island Recreation Area
Bulls Island Recreation Area is an 24 acre park located at the southern end of Kingwood Township and the northern end of Delaware Township. The park is situated along the Delaware River and the Delaware and Raritan Canal. The park offers camping, fishing and a natural area.
A Biking/Hiking Trail owned and maintained by the NJDEP is located between Route 29 and the Delaware River for the entire length of Kingwood's border, extending north to Milford and south to Trenton. The trail was made from a former railroad right-of-way. Parking to access to the Biking/Hiking trail is available at Bulls Island Recreation Area, north of Byram at the old bridge piers across from Point Pleasant, PA, and south of Frenchtown, at the Kingwood Access.
The NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's Kingwood Access provides a boat launch on the Delaware River, located 1 mile below Frenchtown on Route 29. The parking area is convenient to using the boat ramp or accessing the Biking/Hiking Trail. Read more about Delaware River Boat Access Sites.
State Park Links:
Horseshoe Bend Preserve (also described above under Township Parks)
Hunterdon Land Trust helped the state to preserve this 220-acre property on Route 29. A 1/4 mile steep trail leads through forest to a waterfall.