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: Helmetta Boulevard-Old Stage Road; East Brunswick, Helmetta, Spotswood, Monroe Township
Size: 1436 Acres
Use caution when crossing public streets or walking to the trail-head on Washington Blvd.
There are many old, unmarked trails. For your safety—please stay on the marked trails.
Jamesburg Park Conservation Area was some of the first lands that Middlesex County acquired using Green Acres funding for open space protection in the early 1970’s. It protects both the underground resources of the Old Bridge Sands aquifer, and a unique pine barrens habitat in Middlesex County.
Jamesburg Park Conservation Area lies within the Spotswood Outlier—the northernmost area of New Jersey Pine Barrens habitat. Along the several miles of trails you can find typical Pine Barrens species—pitch pine trees, blueberries, huckleberries and post oaks. The wetlands protect Atlantic white cedar trees and carnivorous pitcher plants. Several endangered and threatened species of plants and animals have been observed in this preserved open space
Jamesburg Park would have been very different if the proposed development had come to fruition. In the early 20th century , visitors were brought by train from New York to enjoy Saturday night dances and purchase land in the countryside of New Jersey. While the development never came to be, you can still find sidewalks in the woods showing where the streets were meant to run. Cranberry bogs covered some of the wetland areas, and the waters from Jamesburg Park Conservation Area were used by the nearby Helme Snuff mill.