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All Middlesex County buildings will remain closed to the general public until further notice due to COVID-19– County services are available on an appointment basis.

 


IMPORTANT ALERT​ - 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:  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.
 
Parking, portable restrooms, picnic tables and a playground can be found at Helme Mill Park on Maple Street in Helmetta.

Helmetta Pond Paddling Trail


Click here for more information on the new self-guided interpretive Paddling Trail!

  
 


Office of Parks and Recreation
1030 River Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Mailing Address:
PO BOX 661
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
 
Phone - (732) 745-3900
Fax - (732) 745-8209
Monday through Friday
8:30am - 4:00pm 



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