Park Advisory - PURSURANT TO EXECUTIVE ORDER 118 BY GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, ALL COUNTY PARKS AND OPEN SPACE WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THIS FULL CLOSURE INCLUDES ALL PARKING AREAS, GROUNDS, FACILITIES, HIKING TRAILS AND PLAYGROUNDS. ALL PARK GATES AND ENTRANCES ARE CLOSED. TRAIL USE IS PROHIBITED. HELP US LIMIT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.
The Plainsboro Preserve is a cooperative project between the County of Middlesex, Township of Plainsboro and New Jersey Audubon Society. In 1999, 530 acres of land formerly owned by the Turkey Island Corporation and Walker Gordon Laboratory Company were acquired by the County and Township. Middlesex County purchased and owns 401 acres and provided a grant to the Township of Plainsboro for the purchase of an additional 126 acres. In 2003, the County purchased 126 acres of the former Perrine Tract to add to the Preserve. The Township added additional land to grow the Preserve and currently maintains responsibility for management of the County-owned portions.
At over 1,000 acres, the Preserve supports a diverse array of habitats and the 50-acre McCormak Lake, with over five miles of hiking trails for hikers, birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. The New Jersey Audubon Society manages the Preserve and a 6500 square-foot environmental education center, providing year-round environmental education opportunities.
For more information on hours and programs, please visit the New Jersey Audubon Society at their website
The Plainsboro Preserve is adjacent to the Scotts Corner Conservation Area
that provides hiking, bird-watching, photography and nature study opportunities.
Location: 80 Scotts Corner Road, Cranbury, NJ 08512
GPS Coordinates: DMS 40° 20' 57.28" N; 74° 33' 25.53" W
Facilities: NJ Audubon Environmental Education Center; Parking Area; Bathrooms; Hiking Trails