- All Middlesex County Parks and Open Spaces are open from sunrise to sunset with strict social distancing requirements. Pursuant to Executive Order 204, effective Monday, December 7, 2020 until further notice, the gathering limit for all outdoor activities is limited to 25 individuals. The Parks Administration Building is closed to the public until further notice. Park visitors are to practice social distancing and are strongly encouraged to wear a mask while enjoying our parks and open spaces.
***2021 PICNIC RESERVATIONS***
Due to Covid-19 concerns, picnic reservations for 2021 will not take place in person or by phone on January 4, 2021. Opening day of reservations is tentatively scheduled for Monday, March 1, 2021. Information regarding the 2021 reservations process will be on our website in mid-February. If you have any questions, please visit the picnic reservation page
or call our reservation office at 732-745-3900.
Location: South Brunswick Township
Parking Area Address: 21 Monroe Court, Monmouth Junction NJ 08852
Size: 88 acres
Facilities: Parking area, hiking trails
In 1998, the Heathcote Meadows Preserve was one of the earliest parcels acquired under the Middlesex County Space Recreation and Farmland and Historic Preservation Act. Nestled just outside the small village of Kingston, the preserve offers a glimpse into the rich farming history of the area. Combined with Heathcote Park
(South Brunswick Township), the Cook Natural Area
, Mapleton Preserve
and the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park
, the preserve creates a significant green-belt around the village of Kingston, provides stream protection for Heathcote Brook and Carter Brook and provides wonderful opportunities for hiking, walking and wildlife viewing.