- 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 - UPDATE***
February 11, 2021
In light of the ongoing Covid-19 concerns and Executive Orders currently in place by Governor Murphy, the opening day of reservations is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 1, 2021. Information regarding our NEW ELECTRONIC RESERVATIONS PROCESS will be on our website in mid-March. If you have any questions, please visit the picnic reservation page
or call our reservation office at 732-745-3900.
Location: East Brunswick & South Brunswick Townships
Size: 520 acres
Facilities: Parking area, hiking trails
*Please Be Aware: There are no bridges at any stream crossing in Ireland Brook Conservation Area.*
The Ireland Brook Conservation Area is ideal for passive recreation activities such as hiking, photography and nature study. The combination of upland habitat and riparian vegetation along the Ireland Brook make it an ideal area for wildlife viewing. The Forest Brook Trail (0.8 miles) can be accessed at the Riva Avenue Trailhead. The Ireland Brook Trail (1.8 miles) can be accessed from the Parkview Court parking area. Hikers can also connect to Davidson’s Mill Pond Park via the Farrington Lake Trail.
The Farrington Lake Trail connects Davidson’s Mill Pond Park and Ireland Brook Conservation Area. The trail meanders 1.1 miles along the banks of the Lawrence Brook and the shoreline of Farrington Lake, revealing spectacular views of the lake and unique rock formations found no where else in the county. Great blue herons, belted kingfishers, and great egrets are commons sights along the trail.