Park Advisory - All park events and picnics are currently suspended until April 30, 2020. Parks and open space will remain open to the public for passive recreation, including roads, parking areas, trails, lakes and other open space areas. However, restrooms, comfort stations, playgrounds, dog parks, basketball and tennis courts, the flying field, and similar facilities are closed until further notice in order to protect public health and safety. We ask that the public practice social distancing and refrain from large groups while enjoying our parks and open spaces.
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.