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PLACES TO VISIT

The Great Swamp

The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is one of more than 548 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System that is administered by the Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The National Wildlife Refuge System is a network of lands and waters managed specifically for the protection of wildlife and its habitat. It represents the most comprehensive wildlife management program in the world.

The Great Swamp NWR is located in Morris County, New Jersey, about 26 miles west of Manhattan's Times Square. The refuge was established by an act of Congress on November 3, 1960. It consists of 7,768 acres of varied habitats and over the years, the refuge has become a resting and feeding area for more than 244 species of birds. Fox, deer, muskrat, turtles, fish, frogs and a wide variety of wildflowers and plants also call the refuge "home".

BIRDS

 

7 miles

Raptor Trust
1390 White Bridge Road
Millington, NJ 07946
908-647-2353

The exact location (WGS84) of the RAPTOR TRUST is:
40°41’47.4” North Latitude
74°30’07.2” West Longitude

Leonard J. Soucy, Jr. D.Sc., founded this private, professionally staffed bird rehabilitation center and sanctuary. Dr. Soucy has a Federal licence to take in and care for injured large birds. Outdoor aviaries open to the public 365 days a year. Volunteers needed.
15  miles Chimney Rock
Martinsville
Watch migrating birds.
20 miles Wildcat Ridge Refuge This is a great place to see migrating hawks in the spring and fall as they ride the thermals along the ridge top.  
12 miles NJ Audubon Sanctuary
11 Hardscrabble Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
908-766-5787
One of seven audubon sanctuaries in New Jersey. Maple Avenue through Basking Ridge. Cross Route 202 and follow the signs. Driving instructions on their website.
26 miles NJ Pheasant Farm
Route 629
Rockport, NJ
908-852-3461
Watch the state's Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife raise 42,000 pheasants per year. Driving instructions on their website.

 

FISH

 

45 miles Pequest Trout Hatchery & Natural Resource Education Center
605 Pequest Rd.
Oxford, NJ 07863
908-637-4125
Watch the state's Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife raise 600,000 trout per year. Daily 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Route 46, 8 miles west of Hackettstown.

 

ARBORETA

 

13 miles Frelinghuysen Arboretum
53 East Hanover Ave,
Morris Township
973-326-7600
The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum was founded in 1972. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and promote the development of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and other horticultural facilities of the Morris County Park Commission. Through our continuing commitment and volunteer efforts, we foster and develop public awareness, knowledge and enjoyment of horticulture and the natural world.
22 miles Willowwood Arboretum
300 Longview Road
Chester, NJ
A 130 acre open-air arboretum operated by the Morris County Parks Commission. Call 973-326-7600 for more information.
14 miles Leonard J. Buck Gardens
Liberty Corner and Layton Roads, Far Hills
908-234-2677
A series of landscaped alpine and woodland gardens situated in a 33-acre valley. Open to the public Monday-Saturday 10-4, Sunday noon-6. Group garden tours by appointment.
21 miles Colonial Park Arboretum
East Millstone, Franklin Township
908-873-2459
144-acre arboretum, site of Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden; fragrance and sensory garden. Operated by Somerset County Park Commission. Bridal garden on arboretum grounds next to parking lot H.
4 miles

Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Ave., Summit 

Reeves-Reed Arboretum is located in Summit, New Jersey and has 13+ acres of landscaped lawns, gardens and woodlands.

 

MUSEUMS

 

8 miles Morris Museum of Arts and Sciences
Normandy Heights Road
Morristown
973-538-0454
A private, nonprofit corporation, the Morris Museum’s mission is to elevate the cultural consciousness, excite the mind and enhance the quality of life by advancing the understanding and enjoyment of the visual and performing arts, natural and physical sciences and humanities through exhibitions, performances and educational programs in a welcoming, inclusive and creative environment that responsibly uses all museum resources, including stewardship of a permanent collection. 
12 miles Golf Museum
Far Hills,NJ
908-234-2300
Displays trace the evolution of golf from its earliest antecedents to the present via a blend of historical displays and special audio-visual presentations.
15 miles Equestrian Center
Pottersville Rd., Gladstone, NJ 07934
908-234-1251
Established as a not-for-profit charitable organization, the USET Foundation's role is to help provide funding for the High Performance competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America's elite and developing athletes and horses in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.
5 miles Museum of Early Trades and Crafts
Main Street and Green Village Road
Madison, NJ 07940
973-377-7358
The mission of the METC is to explore, present and interpret the history and lifeways of the everyday people of pre-industrial New Jersey through the collection, presentation and exhibition of hand tools, products and household objects.
8 miles Whippany Railway Museum
Route 10, Whippany
East of I-287, on left
Dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey's railroad heritage. Sundays only, April thru October, 12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM

 

PARKS

 

2 miles

Watchung Reservation
Trailside Nature & Science Center

2000 acres of undeveloped land for hiking and riding. East on I-78 to Exit 41. South on Plainfield Ave. 0.7 miles. Left on Valley Rd 4.4 miles. (The name changes to Skytop to Coles. It twists. Go straight through every intersection.) The Trailside Museum is open 1:00 to 5:00 PM daily.
7 miles Washington Rock
Rock Road, Green Brook
State park facility with hiking trails, picnic facilities, panoramic view. From Millington, south on King George Road/Mt. Bethel Road to Warrenville. Left on Mountain Avenue 1.2 miles to Washington Rock Road on the right.
12 miles Branch Brook Park
from US Route 280 in Newark to Mill Street in Belleville, New Jersey
 Each spring, more than 4,000 cherry trees produce a panoply of blossoms - celebrated annually in a festival attracting many thousands of visitors from home and abroad. In fact, the park has the largest collection of Japanese flowering trees in one location in the United States.

 

HISTORICAL SITES

 

9 miles Washington's Headquarters
Washington Place, Morristown
973-539-2016
Morristown National Historic Park was established in 1933, and is the FIRST national historic park in the United States. Gen. Washington lived at the Ford Mansion during the winters of 1777 and 1779. I-287 North to exit 36A. At the end of the ramp, get to the left lane. Park is on the left 0.1 miles.
8 miles Jockey Hollow
Tempe Wick Road, Morristown
973-543-4030
973-539-2085
More than 1600 wooded acres. Winter encampment of the Continental Army. Part of Morristown National Historical Park. Wick House is a restored and furnished farm house that served as military headquarters during the encampment. Cross country skiing allowed. From Millington, take Basking Ridge Road to Maple Avenue to Route 202. Cross Route 202 and follow Hardscrabble Road 2 miles to Jockey Hollow Road on the right.
15 miles Craftsman Farms
2352 Rt. 10-West, # 5, Morris Plains, NJ 07950
973-540-1165
Craftsman Farms, located in and owned by the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, is the former home of noted turn-of-the-century designer Gustav Stickley, a major proponent of the "Arts and Crafts" home building and furnishing. The log house, built in 1911, is one of the most significant landmarks of the American Arts and Crafts movement, and the site, which consists of 26 acres of the original 650-acre tract, has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
10 miles Historic Speedwell
In 1838, Alfred Vail and Samuel F.B. Morse perfected the telegraph here. May-October Thurs & Sun: 1:00 - 5:00 PM.

 

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