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 (click for park brochure)
178 Horseshoe Bend Road
Frenchtown, NJ 08825
Park activity Calendar (Hosted by Friends of Horseshoe Bend Park)
Horseshoe Bend Park offers sweeping vistas of the Delaware River Valley, rolling hills, forested ravines and pristine streams, and offers habitat to many wildlife species. The 552-acre park is jointly owned, managed and maintained by Kingwood Township and the NJ DEP Division of Parks and Forestry, offers a venue for horseback riders, hikers, mountain bikers, bird watchers, and others who favor the peace and tranquility of nature. It includes a 10,000-square-foot event center, leash free dog area, and eleven miles of trails. Download an Overview Map of the Park and Surrounding Area
This preserved tract, located off Horseshoe Bend Road, is adjacent to some 500 hundred acres of open space and preserved farmland, resulting in creation of a more than 1000-acre green space and farm corridor in western Kingwood Township.
A Natural Resource Inventory was completed for Horseshoe Bend Park in November 2013: HorseshoeBend Park_NRI_Nov2013.pdf
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. The map of the park trails has changed several times over the past years as new trails are added or existing trails modified. Please make sure you have the most up to date trail map when hiking.
Revised Trail map for Horseshoe Bend Park:
July 6, 2011
Horseshoe Bend Park - Hunting - From September 10, 2016 to February 18, 2017 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 November 28, 2016 to February 11, 2017 - Multiple deer hunting seasons overlap. 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)
This property is located at 50 Barbertown Idell Rd Frenchtown, NJ 08825
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.
Muddy Run Preserve
This property is located at 184 Kingwood Locktown Road, Stockton, NJ 08559. It's meadows, forests, vernal pools and access to Lockatong Creek were preserved by the Hunterdon Land Trust and the NJ Water Supply Authority. However, it's high value in protecting the water and rare species is threatened by the proposed PennEast pipeline.